UP Balloon Coffee Table by Duffy London

Duffy London always manages to surprise me – I mean, with designs like the Swing Table, how can your mind not be blown? Well, Christopher Duffy is at it again with the UP Balloon Coffee Table where golden balloons appear to hold up a glass tabletop.

The illusion of gold helium balloons floating and suspending the glass mid-air is full of whimsy with a good dose of fancy thrown in for good measure. A trompe l’oeil effect isn’t always easy to achieve, especially three-dimensionally, but they knock it out of the park with this one.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.