This uplifting design was conjured up by master illusionist Christopher Duffy, working with the concept of levitation and buoyancy.
The UP Balloon Table is a playful trompe l’oeil, giving the impression of a glass table top being suspended by red, gold and silver balloons.
Duffy London (and Christopher Duffy in particular) has designed the UP Balloon Coffee Table. The Round Edition 2015 is held aloft by a number of balloons situated under the glass surface. However, those aren’t real flying balloons – a coffee table like that is a disaster waiting to happen – but craftily made imitations. You could call them ‘legs’, but that would be insulting the maker. The balloons are made with such exacting details as to look real. One can sense the weightlessness inherent to balloons, as well as notice the typical inflated balloon sheen. Even the knots in the end look realistic. And the “strings” are the final part of the illusion, replacing legs convincingly enough to fool you into thinking that this table is indeed help aloft by a band of rogue balloons.
The UP Balloon Table Top Being Suspended by Red, Gold and Silver Balloons: