Swing Table by
Duffy London


Static boardroom meetings will swing into action around this table with hanging chairs created by Christopher Duffy for British design brand Duffy London.

Swing Table by Duffy London

Eight chairs and a faceted lampshade are suspended from the four-poster Swing Table.

Swing Table by Duffy London

"It also makes vacuuming a breeze," note the designers.

Swing Table by Duffy London

The table is made from walnut and powder-coated steel and is available in bespoke finishes and sizes.

Swing Table by Duffy London

Other swings we've featured on Dezeen include a child's swing underneath a cantilevered house and a pair of swing seats in a billboard frame.

Swing Table by Duffy London

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  • DigitHAL9000

    Are you serious? Do we still have to give space and credit to this old, useless, uncomfortable and impractical idea? Again?! I don’ t think so.

    • Adnarim

      You don’t have to… but maybe others might. It’s not an old idea, otherwise we would perhaps consider all chairs to be old. Unless would suggest it has no functionality, but again, it seats eight good people of a healthy size with a generous flat surface that links the seating space, which can be utilised for numerous tasks such as eating dinner, eating lunch, breakfast, or tea, also to write on, and leave junk mail on.

      For it being uncomfortable, I would be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t like sitting on a swing, especially when they were 12 and chewing on some Hubba Bubba. And finally the impracticality of the idea as whole? Well add the entirety of all the comments and I think you have a fun loving quirky piece of eye gabbing wonder fit for someone, not everyone, but someone!

      • Come on, it’s impractical and you know it!

        With the table in the way you can’t swing properly. With the chairs swinging you can’t eat properly. It looks nice though :)

      • DigitHAL9000

        Well, the idea is old because it was published in another blog at least a year ago. Swinging chair is fun first time you see and use it but, unless you’re 15 years old or less, consider having to use it continuosly, having to manage yourself between the swings to sit down and to get out from the table (“get out”, not “stand up”).

        Either you place it in a workplace or a private house, it is impractical for both. For instance, if you have to distribute folders during a meeting or if you have to serve dishes during a daily meal. You have to consider the upper space around the table is closed by the swings’ ropes. That space is usually necessary to reach the table surface for any common use you may imagine and here we have plenty of ropes to hinder access.

        This is, of course, my own opinion Miranda, I like 85% things I find published here, that’s why I read this blog daily. But this project can just be considered a provocation to discuss, I would suggest to nobody to have it anywhere.

      • DigitHAL9000

        I was just reading down other comments, but you can see yourself I’m not the only one who criticizes this table.

    • DigitHAL9000

      Just to give facts: Swing Table was published on Design Spotter on Jan 10, 2011. Same pictures. And even before that there were renderings seen around the web. You can have a look at first images here (sorry, it’s in Italian): http://www.designerblog.it/post/9669/tutti-appesi… The project is old.

  • Fun idea – but could be a bit dangerous if the party/meeting really gets going…

  • It really is a product which relies solely in its novelty angle, which sadly fails to overcome its impracticality. I’d imagine standing up must be a real hurdle.

  • Alvin Lucier

    Embarrassing novelty design w*nk.

  • Ray

    Regardless of its design merits, all I see is an upmarket swingers’ party.

  • Dave Gronlie

    Novelty is nice, but there are a few practical issues which I see. Perhaps some of you can allay my fears.

    While the janitors might like it for vacuuming purposes, the cable supports will likely get in the way of the arm movements of those using the chairs.

    Larger people may have trouble with these seats. I assume the cables will support more weight than that of the people shown, but how much more?

    If someone fidgets a lot, wouldn't their chair also shift around? And wouldn't this enhanced movement also be distracting for others in the room? Hopefully the chains/joints are "quiet", as a squeak in a joint could also be distracting.

    It does look like the designer made sure that the cable wasn't going to snag on people's clothing, so they are to be commended on that score.

    I suppose my primary concern would be that someone will quickly get out of their seat, not realize that it is actually swinging and when they attempt to sit back down will miss the seat and hit the floor.


  • This is definitely an original idea. It seems like something Google would have in their offices. I can also see it as a cool break room. I don't know if people would really be able to focus in a serious meeting setting though.

  • Fanny_Dawn

    I can imagine, Friday night after a couple of beers ;)

  • nico

    If all products were functional, the world would be incredibly boring. Imagine allowing Corbusier to design the world by himself! I think this is great. Well done!

  • I’m noticing the cord for the light coming out the bottom of the support pole… should be hard-wired to prevent tripping and ugliness. Perhaps placement could be better for this. Although I would not want this, I appreciate the designers ability to think of a one-piece solution.

  • Martinus

    Take a close look at those photos. All shots with people using the chairs look uncomfortable. Their arms are in a temporary – non easy – position and the angle of the seats doesn’t match with one suitable for work on a table.

    However a great idea, but the designer seems to be confident way too early in his design process.

  • Take the light away and I kind of love it (not keen on plugging in my table).

  • nick

    It reminds me of an installation by Dennis Oppenheim a few years ago. Similar chairs but all fixed to one same string and relying on each other’s weights to keep the balance. If one got up the others would fall.

  • Jane Ringe

    I'm disappointed to read all the negative comments. I applaud that all Duffy's designs stretch the boundaries of what's expected from a piece of furniture. Isn't that what design is supposed to do?

    • Andreas

      While I agree that design is more than meeting practical requirements, I think this design also fails conceptually.

      The “lightness” of chairs suspended in mid air is totally overshadowed by a very large clunky metal frame. Despite its dominant role in the design, the frame itself is oddly underdesigned in terms of detailing or materiality compared to the other elements.

    • DigitHAL9000

      There’ s a huge difference between “stretching the boundaries of what’s expected from a a piece of furniture” and completely avoiding common use of it. We should be talking about design, not about art installation. If it was in a museum I would eventually even appreciate it, but as you try to sell it as furniture it has to be judged in a completely different way.

  • pwdesign

    This would go great in that that Librizzi apartment that had the staircase with no steps, just metal wires. When you’re done falling down a flight of stairs, belly up to a table that constantly rams your torso.