As a renowned architect of major international airports, Norman Foster is also an expert on airport interior design. The AIRLINE seating system for waiting areas was developed by Foster in collaboration with Vitra. The basic idea: a sturdy frame consisting of an aluminium beam supported by die-cast aluminium legs, upon which seat elements, armrests and table units are mounted. AIRLINE allows an economical and flexible use of space. The system is extremely robust and easy to clean. Assembly is simple – requiring just a single wrench – which also makes it easy to reconfigure as needed. The design is restrained and sleek, pairing the superior durability of its construction with stylistic longevity.
Norman Robert Foster is a British architect whose company, Foster + Partners, maintains an international design practice famous for high-tech architecture. He is one of Britain's most prolific 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 awarded the Prince of Asturias Award in the Arts category. In 1994, he received the AIA Gold Medal.