Surface Table is just 2mm thick (and not from Microsoft)

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The “Surface Table” by John Barnard and Terence Woodgate is three-meters long — and just two-millimeters thick, due to its construction from carbon fiber.

There’s one tiny discrepancy in the description that gives me pause: Stylepark describes the table as “just 2mm at the edge”, which implies that it might be thicker elsewhere. But probably not!

I would love to play around with one of these. I suspect they’re still relatively fragile — no sitting! — but you could probably pick them up and move them around without issue.

Price: unknown, but surely a heap of Euro.

Established & Sons Surface Table [Stylepark.com via Kottke]

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9 Responses to Surface Table is just 2mm thick (and not from Microsoft)

  1. Havanacus says:

    I bet this would be hell in a bar fight… How many stomachs will be sliced open for the sake of getting the bowl of gravy just out of reach…

  2. Tenn says:

    My brother ran into a table when he was a toddler.

    Had we owned this table, he would have been a fitting extra in Resident Evil.

  3. toxonix says:

    A 2mm sheet of carbon fiber is extremely floppy. I doubt that this table exists. However, if I were to build it I would support the weight with flat carbon beams or a square section tube down the center.
    I don’t see the point of carbon fiber furniture unless it is intended for use on dirigibles, space elevator platforms or world cup racers for the grotesquely wealthy.

  4. Takuan says:

    no speaker transducer?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Carbon fiber composites are not flexible and would snap before you could see it bend.

  6. Marcel says:

    In case of accident, buyer should get the guilt trip.

  7. The Lizardman says:

    A table of that size that could not support sitting would be of little to no use to me as I would likely approach that level of weight in terms of things I would put on it

  8. Drang says:

    2 mm seems way too thin to me. Not because of strength, but because of flexibility. Even though carbon fiber composites can be stiffer than steel, the length/thickness ratio of this table is just too high.

    To avoid actually working this afternoon, I did a quick analysis and posted it here:

    http://www.leancrew.com/all-this/2008/12/super-thin-table/

  9. Ronald Pottol says:

    Given that one of the 2 designers is an F1 race car designer, they at least understand what you can and cannot do with the material. If it were just 5mm in the middle, I would expect that to be no problem at all.

    20 years ago, I saw the part of a Navy Trident missile that transitions from the second to the third stage. It is a tapered ring, 6-8 feet across, a foot or so high, supports thousands of pounds under 4+ G of acceleration and vibration, and weighs about 25 pounds, perhaps a 1/4″ thick.

    The table may well be a bit more than 2mm in the middle, but I would not be surprised if you can stand on it.

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