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Nomos Table

c. 1986

by Norman Foster
for Tecno

Nomos Table

by Norman Foster
for  Tecno

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Whether you use the Nomos table as a desk or a table for work or dining, it remains one of the most elegant surface solu­tions for the home or office. In contin­u­ous produc­tion for almost 30 years, Nomos is included in the perma­nent collec­tions of several museums world­wide includ­ing New York’s Metro­pol­i­tan Museum as well as MOMA.

The collab­o­ra­tion of Norman Foster and Tecno came about in a wonder­fully serendip­i­tous way. In 1981, Foster created custom-designed office tables for the UK Renault Centre. The tables produced in limited numbers with Foster creat­ing a few extra versions for his studio. The direc­tor of Tecno’s Centro Prog­etti dropped by Foster’s studio in 1983 and saw the design, suggest­ing that Tecno could indus­tri­ally produce this table. Over the years and many patents later, the orig­i­nal Nomos table has grown into one of the most exten­sive and flex­i­ble modular surface systems. The basic Nomos table has a profoundly zoomor­phic form. Indeed, its base is akin to a skele­ton with a central spine and ribs; its leg with char­ac­ter­is­tic bend culmi­nates in a disc foot – visu­ally connot­ing some­thing between a grasshopper’s leg and the landing gear of the lunar modules of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

From the now iconic chromed steel base with a clear glass top to new surfaces and bases in a plethora of sizes, shapes, and finishes, Nomos remains one of Tecno’s most popular systems. As the Nomos table base and top compo­si­tions, sizes, and finish options are profoundly exten­sive, please contact CONTEXT at 800.886.0867 to review the options along with associated pricing.


Norman Foster

United Kingdom

Norman Foster, born in Manchester in 1935, is an English architect whose company, Foster + Partners, maintains an international design practice famous for high-tech architecture.

After graduating from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961, he won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture.

He is one of the most prolific British architects of his generation. In 1999, he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture. In 2009, Foster was also awarded the Prince of Asturias Award in the Arts category. In 1994, he received the AIA gold medal. The architect is now the President of the Norman Foster Foundation, which promotes interdisciplinary thinking and research to help new generations of architects, designers, and urbanists to anticipate the future. The foundation, which opened in June 2017, is based in Madrid and operates globally.

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