Little is known about the designer of this table; though likely of Greek origin, he seems to have spent his adult life in England. Perhaps in part through friendships with such luminaries as Sacheverell Sitwell, Lady Diana Cooper, and the decorator Derek Patmore, Achillopoulo was familiar with up-to-date trends in the arts. While he was best known as a photographer, this table demonstrates his abilities as a designer. Not just a functional piece of furniture, it also is a Surrealist sculpture. The white-painted surface of the raised hand (recalling those in Byzantine icons) suggests a glove. Disembodied hands and gloves were recurrent motifs in Surrealist art - the left hand, in particular, was used to symbolize the irrational. The cloudlike element from which it emerges may represent the transition from the conscious world to the subconscious. The glass tabletop rests improbably on small balls balanced on the tips of three delicately tapering fingers, generating a sensation of tension and unease.