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Foster 620 BenchWALTER KNOLL: Design Norman Foster
Foster 620 comprises six seating sections that can be interchangeably combined to create different layouts. It features a straight section, a semi-circular end segment, and two types of curved elements – a compact and a lazy curve, which can be adapted to any setting.
Designed by architect Norman Foster, the Foster 620 is designed to bring people together in an informal setting for group discussions or as individual seats, and can be part of any lobby, waiting room or lounge space. Its flexibility allows it to become part of a dynamic environment and respond to changing needs of any organization.
Each element has a short backrest and a generous seat, which are supported by thin blade-like legs that almost disappear under the seat, as it appears to float effortlessly. Timber tables with tops matt powder-coated black or bronze, or lacquered in copper complete the ensemble.
How can architecture be complemented by furnishings? How can a piece of furniture, like a building in a city, steer the flow of human movement? This was the question British architect Norman Foster, who has collaborated with Walter Knoll for two decades now, set out to resolve when he started developing the upholstered bench system Foster 620. Used for the first time in London, in the European headquarters of the Bloomberg media group, and in Philadelphia, at a leading US cable network operator’s offices, the modularity of the upholsteredsections makes it possible to create a customized sculptural seating solution suited to a variety of different spaces. An ingenious system connects the benches either side panel to side panel or back to back. The upholstered configurations appear to float, carried by set-back blade-like legs. The specifics of craftsmanship, such as the long decorative seams and drawn-in details, underscore thesophistication and the bench’s dynamic effect. The covers are available in leather or fabric, with the option of built-in USB charging ports to support flexible working.
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Designer: Norman Foster
Norman Foster is one of the most successful architects of our time. His buildings have established standards for intelligent, extraordinary architecture all over the world. The Briton has won the Pritzker prize and the Gold Medal for Architecture of the American Institute of Architects and has been honoured by the Queen with the title Lord Foster of Thames Bank.
Norman Foster and Walter Knoll first started working together when it came to furnishing the Reichstag Building in Berlin. Since then, several lines have been created with Foster symbolising the synthesis of architecture and furnishing, including the Foster 500 sofas and armchairs.
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