Sketch Series: Terence Woodgate

During the London Design Festival we took the opportunity to meet with designers to discuss their most recent work.  When I noticed that Terence Woodgate was on his stand at Design Junction I couldn’t walk past without inviting this hugely established industrial designer to be part of our Sketch Series.

Lighting brand Terence Woodgate was founded in 2014 with an aim is to create exceptional lighting, by designing and engineering innovative products that are ultra-efficient and beautiful.  As one of the UK’s most respected industrial designers, specialising in furniture and lighting, Terence Woodgate has become known for a stripped-down, elegant, modern approach to design with an obsessive attention to detail and manufacture, exemplified in products like the ethereal Surface Table for Established & Sons. He became a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 2003 and has received several international design awards, including the Red Dot ‘Best of the Best’ and the IF ecology award.


Could you tell me a little bit about the design process behind this collection?

‘The design process is a multiple one. It continues in different phases.

The first phase is really like a child sketching. It’s elementary and it’s fun, and you don’t know where it’s going. And then, all of a sudden, some essential character comes from it and you start to enhance the design, embellish the design, and convert the design into the final, finished piece. It’s a lot of fun.

But the last bit is real work.’


What have you taken away from designing this particular product?

‘I think an awful lot of joy, because I’m very, very pleased with the end result. You know, sometimes, you finish something and you may think, a few days later, you’re … “Oh, I wish I had made it a little bit smaller, a little bit larger,” or some detail changed.

But this is just as … It’s subjective, of course, but just as perfect as could be. So it’s come together really well.’


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: Sum Pendant Black.  The sculptural Sum pendant collection features an innovative LED module, allowing the pendant to be fitted directly to mains without a driver or transformer. A white silicone shade surrounds the module, above which balances a large, floating disc (Ø500mm) and cable tube in a textured black finish.

Sum Pendant is supplied with 2 metre Ø6mm round 2 core black cable (white cable available on request), steel ceiling fixing with magnetically secured powder coated aluminium cover. Textured black finish (white ceiling fixing available on request)  White cable tube (instead of standard black) available on request.


Also exhibited at Design Junction was Terence Woodgate’s Solid Table Light.  This light is available in two sizes, the smaller version of the classic Solid Table Light retains the same design and proportions but at two-thirds of the size of the larger model.  The light features a pure cylindrical base, crafted from solid fine-polished Nero Marquina marble, Carrara marble or Serpentine marble, topped by a hand-blown opal glass shade which is acid-etched inside and out to provide a soft, diffused light.  An integrated, state-of-the-art dimmable LED is controlled by a touch button on the marble base.

The Solid Table Light measures 310mm diameter, 310mm high and the Solid Table Light – Small measures 227mm diameter, 227mm high.  This light is supplied with a UK (Type G) plug as standard. Alternative plug types are available. 

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