Incredible Layered Glass Sculptures That Mimic the Ocean (Photos)

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July 8 2014 1:12 PM

Incredible Layered Glass Sculptures That Mimic the Ocean

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The Abyss Table from London-based designer Christopher Duffy is inspired by the mesmerizing depths of the sea.

Duffy London

This week landlocked design bloggers have been swooning over London-based designer Christopher Duffy’s Abyss Table, a mesmerizing sculpture masquerading as a coffee table that mimics the deep blue sea.

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The Abyss Table from Duffy London.

Duffy London

Duffy and his design team spent a year experimenting with sculpted glass, Perspex, and wood to make the 25 limited-edition tables.

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A close-up of the Abyss Table.

Duffy London

Meanwhile in Sydney, New Zealander Ben Young, a self-taught artist, surfer, and boat builder, has made a sea-inspired series of beautifully abstract, precisely crafted cut-glass sculptures. Despite their precision crafting, they are made by hand, not a 3-D printer in sight.

A Ben Young sculpture.
A Ben Young sculpture.

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He draws the sculptures in 2-D, cuts them from clear sheets of glass made for windows with a glazier’s hand tool, then laminates and layers them to create 3-D sculptures that evoke the liquid movement of ocean waves.  

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A Ben Young sculpture.

Ben Young

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A Ben Young sculpture.

Ben Young

See more of Young's work at his website.

Kristin Hohenadel's writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy.

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