"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


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.