Part of the 'Stories by the Water' project, Breaking Surface by designer Sophie Hardy is a table the top of which is made of layers of multicoloured coloured sheets of paper sandwiched between plywood. The edge of the table has a serrated edge that has been cut to expose the layers. The table was inspired by the small Swedish village of Dals Långed where the economy is based on the paper industry and is a statement on the integration of disparate societies. The village is now home to large international and multicultural communities and for Hardy, the layers of paper represent hidden potential and concealed beauty that she believes exists in these societies.
The top core and surface of the table are made of birch veneer and its legs are of solid birch with brass pipe support rails.