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Turning tables

20 Nov 2013

A brightly coloured herringbone patterned design took top honours in the recent biennial Formica Formations Design Competition. Designed by Aucklander Hugh Worth, the striking table is made of angular pieces of Formica AR+ gloss laminate, with a beautifully cut-in detail where the legs join the table top. He drew inspiration from his own family, some of whom he noted were having difficulty finishing their veggies whilst he was conceptualising his design. “The vivid colours and herringbone patterning will enliven the dreariest of dinner parties. Fussy children will be so enthralled they won't even realise they've just eaten all their greens.”

This is the second of the bienniel Formica Formations Design competition, organised by Laminex New Zealand, challenging entrants to reinvent the humble Formica table as part of its 100 year anniversary celebrations. The entries, over both Emerging and Professional categories, were judged by leading New Zealand Designer David Trubridge, Formica Group vice president of design Renée Hytry Derrington and award-winning New Zealand architect Ron Sang.

The Emerging category was won by Wellington-based Frances Fraser whose design Time Table was inspired by the rings of a tree. For more information visit