A DINING TABLE – AN ARCHITECTURAL GEM TO BE AUCTIONED BY RICHARD WINTERTON

An unusual dining table designed by one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary architects has recently come to light.

‘Nomos’ table made by Techno

The futuristic looking table consists of a weighty plate glass top supported on a chromed metal base. If the design looks vaguely familiar then it is – think of London’s infamous wobbly Millennium Bridge or even Stanstead Airport. That is because this table was designed by Sir Norman Foster (b.1935) in the 1980’s and is known as a ‘Nomos’ table. It possesses typical characteristic traits of Foster such as the use of glass and metal – as in Stanstead Airport for example.

Born into a working class background in Stockport, from an early age Foster became interested in engineering and architecture and went to University of Manchester School of architecture in the 1950’s. This laid the foundations of a highly successful career which earned him and his Company prestigious commissions across the globe. Notable structures include ‘The Gherkin’ (Foster’s Headquarters), The New Wembley Stadium, The Sage Gateshead and the magnificent Millau Viaduct in France.

The ‘Nomos’ table made by Techno is now considered a design classic and is an architectural structure – you can eat your dinner off.

Discovered at a Staffordshire property, it will be offered for auction in Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ Fine & Decorative Arts Sale on 14th February in Lichfield. The pre-sale estimate is £1,200-1,800. Contact the Auctioneers for further details on 01543 251081 – www.richardwinterton.co.uk

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