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"Nomos" Table

Designer:
Sir Norman Foster (British, born 1935)
Manufacturer:
Tecno S.p.A.
Date:
1987
Medium:
Glass, stainless steel, rubber
Dimensions:
Diam. 47 in. (119.4 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Arch. Valeria Borsani and Dr. Gianluigi Tacchi, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.379ab
Not on view
British architect Sir Norman Foster explores the limits of technology in his designs, often pushing the boundaries of architectural engineering in creating his innovative building structures. Foster applies the same rigorous criteria of technology and function to product design. "Nomos" is a multipurpose table designed for ultimate flexibility, intended for use in both office and domestic locations. Like Foster's building designs, the aesthetic effect of "Nomos" relies upon its technical structure, in this case its angular metal frame, because of which the table has often been compared to a lunar landing unit. However, Foster has also likened it to the slender body and long, slim legs of the grasshopper. This anatomical analogy is carried into the table's "vertebrae," a spinal column-like conduit that runs throughout the table, easily accommodating cables and electric cords so pervasive in the modern office and home.
Arch. Valeria Borsani and Dr. Gianluigi Tacchi (until 1998; their gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions of Twentieth-Century Design and Architecture," June 29–November 14, 1999, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part IV: 1975-2000," June 25, 2001–January 6, 2002, no catalogue.

Juli Capella and Quim Larrea. Designed by Architects in the 1980s. New York, 1988, ill. p. 72 (color).

Albrecht Bangert and Karl Michael Armer. 80s Style: Designs of the Decade. New York, 1990, pp. 51, 230 (on the Nomos furniture system).

Norman Foster. "On Tables and Bicycles." Norman Foster: Works. Ed. David Jenkins. Munich, 2005, vol. 2, pp. 268–69.

Penny Sparke. "Nomos Table and Desking System, 1985–2000." Norman Foster: Works. Ed. David Jenkins. Munich, 2005, vol. 2, pp. 242–59.

Norman Foster. "Furniture for Tecno, 1985–2000." Norman Foster: Works. Ed. David Jenkins. Munich, 2005, p. 241.



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