Woodsman Axe Dining Table: You won’t need to be afraid of the Big Bad Wolf with the Woodsman Axe Coffee Table. Created for an exhibition, this table is based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. Winner of the Peta Levi Memorial Bursary 2010, designed as part of the Grimm design collective.
“In 2002, founder Christopher Duffy, a design graduate from the University of Brighton made his humble beginning creating products in his kitchen. Having grown out of the kitchen a long time ago, Duffy London now perform their furniture-making wizardry in a spacious studio in east London.
Duffy London’s designs are ideas-based, combining art and function and playing with the concepts of gravity, geometry and illusion. The innovative and quirky designs spring from the mind of Chris, however, he also draws on his talented designers and manufacturers to turn these concepts into quality products.
Boasting strong eco-credentials, everything is handmade to order by skilled craftspeople in the UK, using sustainable wood and other eco-friendly materials and mediums.
Duffy London is used to being in the spotlight of the press, having appeared in top interior design magazines, and you may have even seen his Glo-Canvases featured in the backdrop of several TV programmes.
Some particularly noteworthy designs are the Shadow Chair, that appears to defy gravity by standing on only two legs, and the incredible UP Tables, which are a playful trompe l’oeil, giving the impression of a glass table top being suspended by balloons. Then there are the LAB Lamps, looking like something a mad scientist put together with bits of lab equipment, and the delightful Swing Table, which will transport you back to your childhood.”
Christopher Duffy, University of Brighton (BA Product Design)
Chalk Board Coffee Table: Leave your cup of tea, or leave a note, make a list, or a lovely drawing – whatever takes your fancy. If you spill your drink, or want to start a new game it wipes clean and you can start all over again.
The UP Coffee Table Gold: ‘Growing old is compulsory, growing UP is optional.’ Bob Monkhouse
This uplifting design was conjured up by master illusionist Chris Duffy, working with the concept of levitation and buoyancy.
The UP Coffee Table is a playful trompe l’oeil, giving the impression of a glass table top being suspended by golden balloons
Monolith Table: This monolithic design takes its inspiration from The Sentinel, a book by Arthur C. Clarke that went on to be made into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick. A glass table top seems to balance miraculously on top of toppling monoliths, which appear to be frozen in a permanent state of impending collapse, a concept inspired by the book 3001: The Final Odyssey.
This mind-boggling creation appears to the naked eye to be an impossible feat, but in reality it has its foundations in real physics.
Milli Chair: This is an idea with legs – lots of them – like a millipede. The Milli Chair, is a large, slouchy bedroom chair that uses traditional upholstery and wood turning techniques but for a very modern concept and style.
Shadow Sofa: Floating above the floor, the Shadow Sofa appears to defy gravity. This simple yet strong design concept will be the focal point of any room.
Shadow Chair Mirror – Special Edition: Without a shadow of a doubt this chair will have you mesmerised by its gravity defying abilities. No, it’s not a magic trick by Derren Brown, it’s a trick of the eye by Duffy London; the secret is that the shadow is actually part of the chair.
Wolf Within Shadow Chair: You’d be howling mad not to be amazed by the Wolf Within Shadow Chair, inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. The shadow doubles as a faux wolf fur rug.
Shadow Chair with Shadow Rug: A variation on the theme, the Shadow Chair with Shadow Rug has a long shadow to the front of the chair. Without a shadow of a doubt this chair will have you mesmerised by its gravity defying abilities. No, it’s not a magic trick by Derren Brown, it’s a trick of the eye by Duffy London; the secret is that the shadow is actually part of the chair. The rug is 2.5m long but can be made to any length.
The Walnut Tree Shadow Chair: Is it a chair, or is it a tree? Not everything is as always as it appears. The tree shadow is actually a wool felt rug.
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