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Surface, a table so super-thin that it defies belief, won its category at the UK's 2009 Home and Gardens Classic Design Awards. The judges were aware of the table's very high price, but felt that its radical use of new materials for a design so daring and accomplished justified its Innovation Award. The top, less than 1/8th of an inch (2mm) thick at its edge, is said to be five times thinner than its nearest rival. Although recognizably a table, with single legs at each corner, Surface has a breathtaking span of nine feet 10 inches, making it as impressively long as it is lean. The secret is in the layered carbon-fiber construction, borrowed from technology used in the aerospace and autosport industries.
"We were pushing the basic idea of a table as far as we could, and it became a search for perfection," say the designers Terence Woodgate, and John Barnard, both Royal Designers for Industry. Woodgate is best known for his understated furniture and lighting designs, and Barnard is one of the most advanced racing car designers (Ferrari, McLaren) of his generation. The table immediately went on view at London's Science Museum, as one of those rare achievements where technology, science and aesthetics blend imperceptibly. Now the ensemble is complete with the new Surface Chair, made of Unidirectional carbon fiber with a bonded leather seat for warmth and comfort, drilled carbon fiber legs, and lacquered in Black RAL 9005 for a smooth reflective finish. establishedandsons.com