working with the concept of levitation and buoyancy, duffy london has conceived a playful trompe l’oeil table. the round edition 2015 of the ‘up balloon coffee table’ — which follows its rectangular predecessor — gives the impression of a glass surface being suspended by either red, gold or silver balloons. 

red ‘balloons’ suspend the glass table top in the air
all images courtesy of duffy london and tom oxley photography



toughened glass, metal resin composite, and toughened steel rods comprise the materials used by duffy london and, despite their durable quality, formulate a feeling of weightlessness. faux-strings attached to the base of the balloons tether the orbs to the ground, composing an intricate swirling pattern on the ground.

the balloons give the appearance of weightlessness

tethered by strings, the objects seemingly float into the air

the ‘up balloon coffee table’ in gold

the strings on the ground form an intricate swirling composition

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the ‘weightless’ balloons cast a dramatic shadow as they hover above the ground