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Falmouth furniture maker & designer Scott Woyka chosen to build tables for G7 Summit

  • Local designer Scott Woyka will build symbolic & sustainable meeting tables which will be used by world leaders at the G7 Summit 
  • Woyka’s design will be given a global platform and showcased around the world during the Summit in June 
  • Design contest part of G7 commitment to showcasing Cornish talent, innovation and creativity

Falmouth furniture maker and designer Scott Woyka has been chosen to build symbolic and sustainably sourced tables which will be used by world leaders at the G7 Summit in June. 

Chosen by the Prime Minister’s Office, Woyka’s design will be used for meetings between the leaders across the Summit at Carbis Bay, as a celebration of Cornish craftsmanship, talent and design. The table will be profiled in press pictures and media footage shown right around the world. 

Scott has been producing beautiful one-off furniture pieces for private clients and public spaces in his riverside “Woykshop” in Falmouth since 1995, before which he built traditional boats. 

Scott Woyka said: 

I think it’s brilliant that the most powerful people in the world are going to be sitting inside at the Summit next to my tables. Furniture is really valuable in these kind of environments, it brings people together and sets the scene for positive discussions. 

The piece I’ve made is based on the coast in Cornwall, the landscape here just inspires creativity. 

I didn’t think I’d get the job as I went a bit bold with my design but they seemed to like it so I’m really pleased.

Ex students from local College furniture making courses are due to be brought in to Scott’s workshop to help build the tables in the coming weeks, in time for the G7 Summit on 11-13 June. 

The 10 tables will all be sculpted from sustainably sourced local Cornish wood. Scott’s “Coast” design depicts the drama of the Cornish coastline, with laminated blocks of wood carved to reflect its sea caves, ravines, zawns, beaches and headlands. The tables will also be engraved with Cornish metals to reflect Cornwall’s mining heritage, and modern industries like Lithium extraction. Each table will be completely unique. All-women laser cutting company ‘Cut By Beam’ in Falmouth are etching the G7 logo onto the tables. 

Seven furniture makers and designers from across Cornwall were asked by the Government to submit designs. Alongside Woyka, these were Henry Swanzy, from Falmouth, KOOS Furniture, Wadebridge, Max Marshall Design, based in Bude, Rozen Furniture, in Helston, Sam Walsh, based in Redruth, and Tom Raffield from Falmouth. 

CEO of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Kim Conchie DL, said: 

The eyes of the world will be on our beautiful, historic and innovative area for the G7 Summit so I’m delighted that the Government will be using tables for the talks designed and built here in Cornwall, celebrating local craftsmanship. It’s important for our whole region to reap the benefits from hosting the event. 

I’m pleased that we can give a global platform to the best of Cornish talent and it’s a great opportunity for Scott’s designs to be showcased in meetings which will help set the agenda between the most powerful democracies on earth. Well done to all our furniture makers and designers who took part and well done Scott!

The G7 – which is made up of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the USA and the EU – is the only forum where the world’s most influential and open societies and advanced economies are brought together for close-knit discussions. 

This year, world leaders will be hosted by the Prime Minister at Carbis Bay in Cornwall, with neighbouring St Ives, Newquay airport and other parts of Cornwall all playing a role in supporting the Summit. Media will also be based throughout the Summit at the G7 International Media Centre in Falmouth. 

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Notes to Editors:

  • Further information on Scott Woyka can be found at his website www.scottwoyka.co.uk
  • The Summit in Cornwall will draw on a range of local suppliers to ensure there is a lasting economic benefit for the community. This includes our website, designed by Truro-based agency Affinity Digital.
  • Further information on the G7 can be found at our website g7uk.org 
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