Foster 510 by Foster + Partners



Cologne 09: architects Foster + Partners have designed a sofa for German manufacturers Walter Knoll, launched at IMM Cologne in Germany this week.


The seating is available in black and white leather, with or without a back rest.


IMM Cologne continues until Sunday, 25 January.


The following information is from Walter Knoll:


Foster 510. International design by the renowned architect and Pritzker Prize winner.

Minimum form, maximum comfort. With that special feel for detail: fine stitched piping and drawn-in leather divide the comfort zone.

Foster 510 is reminiscent of the classic English club armchair. Hundreds of pocket springs are just the thing for sophisticated sitting. With or without a backrest. Discreet stability is provided by the minimalist legs.

Posted on Thursday January 22nd 2009 at 3:02 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • hahaha :D black and white … what’s wrong with architects and colours?!

  • Gorgeous and dignified.

  • morgan geist

    Attractive and Extremely architectural in proportions.
    Nothing new, but as we know the fashion industry in furniture generates its own market needs.

    Morgan Geist

  • taaaaa

    simple and beautiful. not very innovative though

  • tman

    The best foster’s team has done yet. Vastly better than his architecture.

  • aether

    I think I’ll either stick with mies and kjaerholm, or take something contemporary instead.

  • Rich

    Looks like a clinic seat but love the legs tho’.

  • Tommi

    The only possibility this would be in my living room is that this would be significantly cheaper than Mies and/or Kjaerholm aether mentioned. I seriously doubt that. But I will keep my eyes open. Im just in a need for a narrow, stylish quality bench/sofa.

  • Brian

    I like it, but it reminds me of Contract furnishings from airports in Brasil from the 60’s

  • sure better than his architecture. elegant, doesn’t need colours

  • spielberg

    horribly old!
    I’m with Brian… we are in 2009, not in 1960…
    By the way, doesn’t look comfortable at all!

  • rockenhäuser

    another example showing, that design is NOT the ‘little leisure-discipline’
    of established architects.
    this is definetly no essential, innovative piece of furniture.
    this is just boredom without any inspiration.

  • Luxury Larry

    Would it be a classic…I am not 100% sure.

  • eduardo

    elegant, and connected to tradition, the way, i think, it ought to be!

  • florian

    looks a bit like the sofa bed BR 02.7 from Martin Visser. One can sleep on it and its available for 800-1600 Euro original from the 60ies.

  • J

    Looks nice, however Im sure its not going to win awards for comfort!

  • bigcheese

    If a new designer had done this no-one would care.

  • ruler

    is 510 the reference to the time on the office junior’s watch when s/he was handed the task, start to completion of the design, just before heading home on friday?

  • “Innovation” is a bit of a fetish, if it’s not too tetchy to say so. And perhaps this is not as comfortable as some sofas, but it does look like an extremely comfortable bench which is probably all it’s trying to be. It’s very attractive, right up there with Kjaerholm and personally I like it quite a bit more than the Mies lounge, which I’ve always thought overrated. Also, so many of these bench/lounges are ruined by their legs, and while these legs are halfway to a gimmick, on balance I think they work. In conclusion, a certain amount of minimalist classicism is better than too much of-the-moment wow-ism. What innovation would I like to see? I’d like it to hover six inches off the ground and then deliver me to the kitchen.

  • Matt

    First on the notion of color, a lot of furniture is designed in black or white simply because the colors can work with such a wide variety of different palettes. I don’t have a problem with it referencing previous eras, but in all seriousness, despite how attractive it is, the design seems almost redundant, we’ve all seen other pieces absurdly similar. On a positive note, the proportions are elegant. When creating something like this, there is a definite mark that needs be hit. Too conservative, and it feels redundant, too “innovative” (just because it’s something thats never been seen doesn’t mean its good design) and you just have something both absurd and pretentious.