The ocean has long been a deep source of inspiration for designers, but one British artist has taken the concept to a whole new level. A unique and brilliant pairing of high-grade wood from sustainable forests, sculpted glass and Perspex, Christopher Duffy’s spectacular Abyss Table is as much a conversation piece as a functional one. Arranged as a 3-D geological cross- section of the sea, this mesmerizing coffee table is 62 by 31 by 18 inches, handmade to order, and limited to 25 editions. “I was looking into sheets of thick glass at my glass manufacturer’s factory, and noticed how the material darkened as they added more layers, the same way the sea does as it deepens,” he says. “I wanted to use this to replicate a piece of the earth’s sea bed, like a mythical power had lifted a perfect rectangle straight from the earth’s crust to use as his personal ornament.” The Abyss Table is priced at about $16,000.