It takes a great designer to work within the confines of a material and get both form and function in line. British designer Terence Woodgate repeatedly meets this challenge with his modern wood furniture, and he has emerged as a thoughtful and innovative designer. Born in London in 1953, Woodgate initially trained as a design engineer but in the mid-1980s, he returned to London Guildhall University to pursue furniture design. Attracted to the conceptual as well as the hands-on aspect of designing furniture, Woodgate opened his first studio in London in 1988, where he began designing.lighting, modular cabinets for Spanish manufacturer punt mobles and the standard-setting communal seating system that is used in Heathrow Airport.
To be closer to his European colleagues, Woodgate moved his studio to Belgium in 1991, where he designed for such internationally recognized manufacturers as Cappellini, Casas, and Teunen & Teunen.
In 1996, Woodgate returned to England to build his current studio in Sussex. Merging manufacturing technology with artistic craftsmanship, Woodgate has produced several award-winning designs that have the presence and quality of modern heirlooms, ranging from beautifully grained oak consoles to streamlined, upholstered seating to architectural glass tables. Examples of his work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museu de les Arts Decoratives in Barcelona and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.