Topographical Tables – Geography as Art

Caitlin Dempsey


These furniture designs combine glass, wood, and other materials to emulate the land and water.

Ocean Table

Christopher Duff of Duffy London has designed a representation of an ocean using sculpted glass, Perspex and wood.  The wood is from Forest Stewardship Council managed forests and other controlled sources.

Called the Abyss Table, the materials have been combined to mimic a topographic map of the ocean’s depth.  It took the design team at Duffy London a year to develop this table which is limited to a total of 25 orders.

Visit: the Abyss Table

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Side view of the Abyss Table.
Side view of the Abyss Table. Photo: Duffy London.

River Furniture

Furniture maker Greg Klassen finds inspiration in his Pacific Northwest surroundings with his creations.  Klassen studied under two furniture masters in California and Sweden before striking out on his own.  One of Klassen’s latest collections is the River Collection which showcases pieces inspired by the Noonsack River located near his studio.  Using wood from trees like maple and elm, Klassen uses the jagged edges to mimic the meanderings of rivers.  A sheet of hand cut class completes the river look.

Visit: River Collection – Greg Klassen

River Entry Table
River Entry Table. Photo: Greg Klassen

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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.