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Friction Table

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Thomas Heatherwick
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The Friction Table, which uses the simple mechanical device of the lattice with precision execution to change its proportions and adapt to different spaces and functions is 1.8 metres when in its round form. The Friction Table can seat groups of eight and when extended to its longest ellipse, it reaches over four metres.The third in Heatherwick Studio’s series of experimental design works, Friction Table is the first new edition released by the studio in over five years.


Thomas Heatherwick is a British designer whose prolific and varied work over two decades is characterised by its ingenuity, inventiveness and originality. Defying the conventional classification of design disciplines, Thomas founded Heatherwick studio in 1994 to bring the practices of design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace.