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John Pomp designs hand-poured glass Tidal table to look like a puddle of water

American artist John Pomp has created a coffee table with a glass top and chunky steel legs, designed to resemble a "suspended" body of water.

Pomp, who is based in Philadelphia, created the Tidal Rectangular Cocktail Table with a hand-poured crystal glass top with curved edges.

Tidal Rectangular Cocktail Table by John Pomp

The top rests on two L-shaped legs that also have rounded corners but are made of hand-forged steel.

Pomp said he referenced water and ocean tides when creating the design.

Tidal Rectangular Cocktail Table by John Pomp

"My passion for the ocean and its beautifully fluid nature is also found in my love for molten glass," he told Dezeen, adding that he is an avid surfer.

"I was inspired by the relationship between the ocean and moon, and I wanted this piece to highlight the soft curves and flowing lines found in the ripples of an ocean tide," he said. "It embodies a puddle of water suspended in a moment of time."

Tidal Rectangular Cocktail Table by John Pomp

Creating the piece was a challenge for Pomp, and he and his team spent two years researching and developing the design. Kilns were custom made to create to finished product.

"We designed and engineered custom kilns and furnaces just to produce this unique piece of glass," said Pomp.

"Creating this Tidal Collection has been a true labour of love."

Tidal Rectangular Cocktail Table measures 60 inches (152 centimetres) long, 30 inches (76 centimetres) wide and 16.5 inches (42 centimetres) tall.

It is available in different glass finishes, with dark glazing called Smoke and a bright green glass version called Emerald. The metalwork can also come in brushed brass, brushed silver and brushed copper.

Pomp, who is trained in the Murano glass tradition, has been a glassblower for over 25 years. He and his wife Anne lead in a multidisciplinary studio in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighbourhood with about forty craftsman and artists.

Other coffee table designs include a chunky stone piece by Martin Massé, steel tables by Australian studio BoardGrove Architects and Moooi terracotta tables by Simone Bonanni.

Photography is by Martin Crook.