Sweden based British designer Sophie Hardy has created a unique table called “Breaking Surface” as a part of her project “Stories by the water”. Inspired by a small Swedish village named Dals Långed, the table top edge features 65 layers of colorful paper, representing the hidden potential in the multicultural community living in that village. The table top is made of birch ply and the legs are solid birch wood supported by brass pipe rails.
From the designer, “This project began by choosing a location along the Dalsland Canal. I chose the small Swedish village, Dals Långed for two reasons that inspired this piece. The disappearance of the paper industry that once created the village, and the abundance of international inhabitants that now live there. I wanted to use paper as my material to represent hidden potential and concealed beauty that I believe exists in the layering of a multicultural community. I formulated my concept using the inspiration and meaning I discovered in interactions with a Syrian Artist named Habib Alraii. His qualities like many others are hidden to others due to lack of communication, integration and social labels we have adopted.
Breaking Surface is a synonym for something to emerge from under a surface. I hope to encourage discussions around integration, appreciation and celebration of the things that make us different or qualities we do not yet know about each other.”