Diners sit on an interlocked, semi-transparent bench running the length of the table that places them at ‘sea-level’ (being sat ‘in the sea’), enabling their immersion into the sectional cut through of the world; mountain ranges rise up prominently and cities are illuminated by thoughtfully positioned lights.
Worldscape was launched at the start of the London Olympics in July of 2012 with the event ‘Global Feast’, a dining experience consisting of 20 sequential evenings boasting menus composed to exhibit world culinary exploration.
The Worldscape design is reconfigurable as the modules of which it is comprised are detachable and can be recombined in a variety of ways to create new map forms, or separated out to create separate areas of café seating.
Ultimately though, the concept is most impressive when presented as a whole piece and serves as a powerful metaphor for collapsing distance and bringing people together
The table was made from 4ft wide sheets of melamine-faced plywood cut to form the landscape using digital fabrication techniques.