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Foster 620 Table. Design: Norman Foster.

A small tree in a room

Side table Foster 620 Table

Strong and graceful. The Foster 620 Table looks like it’s grown out of the floor, naturally belonging to the room. The harmony of the shape inspired by nature, the elegant top and unique grain make this occasional table a sculpture.

The warm and powerful aura of this occasional table designed by Norman Foster fits in wonderfully with a feel-good atmosphere and the security of a cozy home. And the silky-soft surface of the slim-line table top not only emphasizes this optical impression – it even makes it palpable.

The design story

Developing the Foster 620 Table also meant coming to terms with nature. Not just in terms of design – the table looks as if it is rooted to the spot. But also in terms of manufacture. The leg is made of solid timber with an evenly velvety surface. The challenge: how can you get a chunk of a tree to withstand heat and cold in all kinds of climatic regions without cracking? The construction engineers spent months thinking round the problem until they had a brainwave.

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Facts and details

The sculptural design is attractive and calming
The solid timber leg seems to have taken root
The circular table top- matt powder-coated black or bronze, or lacquered in copper, accentuates the room


Rainer Brinkmann

“It was a bit of a struggle until we had the trunk sorted. Dozens of tests in the climate chamber, and then finally a brilliant solution which is as simple as it is ingenious.”
— Rainer Brinkmann, construction engineer at Walter Knoll

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