Playful Coffee Table Creates the Illusion That It’s Held up by Balloons

Christopher Duffy of Duffy London is no stranger to creating playful, well-designed furniture, and he's done it again with the Up Balloon Coffee Table. It's the successor to his rectangular 2012 version. Like it, the now-circular glass surface gives the impression that it's being held up by red, gold, or silver balloons. Their strings form the base and lay on the ground in a swirling pattern that doubles for support.

This delightful table is constructed using toughened glass, metal resin composite, and toughened steel rods. Despite having the word “toughened” in the material description, this piece conveys a feeling of weightlessness. It's a testament to Duffy, not only as a designer, but as someone who can create wondrous, everyday illusions.

The 2015 edition of the Up Balloon Coffee Table is limited to the production of 25. Prices start at around $8,300 US dollars for this unique piece of furniture.

Duffy London website
via [designboom]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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