Terence Woodgate initially trained as a design engineer, however, fascination with purer forms of design led to a decision in the mid-80s to retrain as a furniture designer at the London Guildhall University.

Attracted to the conceptual as well as the hands-on aspect of designing furniture, Woodgate opened his first studio in London in 1988 and began to build his reputation as a thoughtful designer of both style and practical innovation.

John Barnard is one of the most innovative racing car design engineers of his generation. He gained a diploma from Watford College of Technology in the 1960s and unlike many of his contemporaries he did not follow a lengthy academic career, instead choosing to join General Electric Company plc.

He was first thrown in the limelight after he won the USAC series and Indianapolis 500. He pioneered and built the world’s first carbon fibre monocoque, winning three consecutive Formula One world championships for McLaren.

Distinctively he has been technical director ⁄ chief designer at both Ferrari and McLaren.

Terence Woodgate

As one of the UK’s most respected industrial designers, Terence Woodgate has become known for a stripped-down, elegant, modern approach to design with an obsessive attention to detail and manufacture. Merging manufacturing technology with artistic craftsmanship, Woodgate has produced several award-winning designs, ranging from beautifully grained oak consoles to streamlined, upholstered seating to architectural glass tables.

Woodgate works from his studio in East Sussex where he continues to quietly seek new expressions in design. As a designer whose work can appear so firmly based in function and technological details it may be a surprise for some to discover he that he takes much of his inspiration from outside the design world.

In 2003 he was elected a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). He has received several international design industry awards including the German Red Dot ‘Best of the best’ award and the IF ecology award. In the UK he has won the Observer⁄Elle Decoration design award for furniture and recently a Wallpaper* magazine 2008 design award. Examples of his work are held in the permanent collections of the Museu d’Arts Decoratives, Barcelona and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Graphic Designer Mike Dempsey recorded an interview with Terence Woodgate for his RDInsights series. “Terence is another of us who has overcome difficulty in one area by excelling in another. Hear about that and his unique collaboration with formula one racing car designer John Barnard to produce surface, a four meter long, carbon fibre table” says Mike Dempsey.

Woodgate is a designer of lighting and furniture. A modernist at heart, he is known for his simple, thoughtful and understated designs. Woodgate works from his studio in East Sussex where he continues to quietly seek new expressions in design.

Awards

2003
Woodgate named Royal Designer for Industry (RDI)
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German Red Dot ‘Best of the Best’ Award
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IF Ecology Award
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Observer⁄Elle Decoration Design Award for Furniture
2008
Wallpaper* Magazine Design Award

Fact Sheet

Full name
Terence Woodgate RDI
Born
February 1953, Camden, England
Nationality
British
Education
London Guildhall University
Alma mater
Holloway Comprehensive School
Occupation
Industrial designer
Employer
Case, Established & Sons, Punt Mobles, SCP, Concord Lighting, Paviom & Izé
Known for
Stripped-down, elegant, modern approach to design with an obsessive attention to detail and manufacture
Spouse
Paula
Children
Sons James and Tom

John Barnard

John Barnard is one of the most innovative racing car design engineers of his generation.

Barnard gained a diploma from Watford College of Technology in the 1960s and unlike many of his contemporaries he did not follow a lengthy academic career, instead choosing to join General Electric Company plc.

He was first thrown in the limelight after he won the USAC series and Indianapolis 500.

He pioneered and built the world’s first carbon fibre monocoque, winning three consecutive Formula One world championships for McLaren. Distinctively he has been technical director ⁄ chief designer at both Ferrari and McLaren.

Headhunted by Ferrari he pioneered for them the first hydro electronic gearbox, a system that is now used by all F1 teams. His system of using paddles on the steering wheel and an automatic clutch has now migrated to road cars. Asked to re-join Ferrari in 1992 he designed and built Ferraris in Guildford from 1993-1997. His Ferrari 641, one of the most beautiful Ferrari racing cars, is in the New York Museum of Modern Art permanent collection. His influence can be seen in every single car on the grid today.

Barnards fascinating career spanned over 30 years at the top level and his legacy lives on in F1 to this day having pioneered the carbon fibre monocoque at McLaren in the early 1980s.

Fact Sheet

Full name
John Barnard RDI
Born
4 May 1946, Wembley, London
Nationality
British
Occupation
Race Car Designer, F1 Aerodynamicist, F1 Engineer
Education
Watford College of Technology
Employer
McLaren, Ferrari, Bennetton, Case, Established & Sons
Known for
Introducing the first semi-automatic gearbox, the first carbon fibre composite chassis and the "coke bottle" shape of the rear bodywork.

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