Want A Submerged Hippo In Your Home? Check Out These Incredible Optical Illusion Tables


Ever wondered what it would be like to be up close and personal to a bathing hippo, or a pod of frolicking dolphins? Well now you can have one of these – or any other animal -emerging from a pool of water, with a seriously cool table creation.


Derek Pearce is the sculptor and woodcarver behind the unusual pieces, which he first created back in 1997 and have since found homes in America, Japan and across Europe, as well as featuring in various exhibitions. They have even been purchased by famous musicians and members of royal families.


According to Elinor Malcolm of Westside Magazine: “To call him a designer is to understate the case wildly, though it was his remarkable “WATER TABLES” that first caught my eye – an idiosyncratic range of coffee tables featuring immaculately sculpted ducks, swimmers, and hippos plunging in and out of glass depicting the water’s surface. They’re gravity defying in both senses of the phrase: substantial carved and cast figures seemingly floating through water – and impossible to look at without smiling.”


The designs are made using a designer resin and have a tempered ½ inch thick glass tabletop to give the illusion of the animal’s body rising out of the water. Pearce says of his creations: “My spectacular “water tables” feature a distinctive range of uniquely sculpted wildlife plunging in and out of the glass depicting the water’s surface. They seemingly float through water.”



The range includes animals such as hippos, ducks, sea otters, seals and dolphins, though the artist also accepts commissions. What an amazing statement piece to have in your home — it would definitely be a conversation starter !

All images courtesy of Derek Pearce