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In 2008, international attention was caught when two Royal Designers for Industry, one from the world of furniture design and one from the world of Formula One racing car design, collaborated to create the Surface Table, a super slim composite table. Usin
g state-of-the-art autosport ⁄ aerospace technology to exploit the inherent rigidity of carbon fibre made creating the original Surface Table possible. Building on the success of the Surface collection, 2011 sees a new addition – a circular Surface Table.
Woodgate explains, ‘With the new 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 extraordinar
y 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 w
ork of that importance made me realise that the reflection in the finish is extraordinary in its own right.’ says Woodgate. It seems that by expanding the Surface Table collection, the original search for perfection that sparked the design is continuing.