A true engineering accomplishment, the incredible Surface Table uses state-of-the-art auto-sport technology to exploit the inherent rigidity and strength of carbon fibre.
Dressed for dinner and ready to race.
Two Royal Designers for Industry, one from the world of furniture design, and one from the world of Formula 1 racing car design, collaborated to create the Surface Table, a super-slim composite table. The 2mm thick edge and long span de es the eye with its improbable lightness and solidity. Radius corners, round legs, domed feet and rounded edges accentuate the slimness and seamlessness of the design. ‘With the Surface Table, the emphasis is on the reflective quality that the ultra thin black surface creates’ Woodgate was inspired to consider this aesthetic when he saw the original table compared to Richard Wilson’s extraordinary work 20:50 in Plain Space, the retrospective of architect’s John Pawson’s work by Alison Morris. 20:50 plays with viewer’s perceptions of space by perfectly reflecting an entire room in a smooth black mirror of sump oil. ‘The table being compared to a work of that importance made me realise that the reflection in the finish is extraordinary in its own right.’ Terence Woodgate
Terence Woodgate is a designer of lighting and furniture. A modernist at heart, he is known for his simple, thoughtful and understated designs. Woodgate works from his studio in East Sussex where he continues to quietly seek new expressions in design. In 2003 he was elected a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). He has received several international design industry awards including the German Red Dot ‘Best of the best’ award and the IF ecology award. In the UK he has won the Observer⁄Elle Decoration design award for furniture and recently a Wallpaper* magazine 2008 design award. Examples of his work are held in the permanent collections of the Museu d’Arts Decoratives, Barcelona and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.