Benches from Vitra, Designed by Norman Foster

Product description

Seat and backrest elements available in four versions: moulded maple plywood (clear lacquer finish); perforated steel; steel with padding (black vinyl cover); polyurethane integral skin foam (robust seat shell with upholstered effect, cantilevered on steel frame).
Armrests: die-cast aluminium, silver-colour coating.
Table units: black solid core material.
Base: triangular aluminium profile as the loadbearing element, anodised in silver-grey; die-cast aluminium legs, silver-colour coating; plastic glides for carpet.
Optional: side table with a top made of black solid core material.


AIRLINE is a flexible and robust waiting area system. All units can be swiftly and simply assembled, disassembled and rearranged (using a single screwdriver). AIRLINE is easy to clean and look after, fulfilling the requirements made of seating systems for public areas. The side table - supplementing the AIRLINE collection - features a fractureproof tabletop made of solid-core material.

As the renowned architect of major international airports Norman Foster is also an expert in design of airport interiors. Together with Vitra, he has devised the AIRLINE waiting area system. The basic idea: an extruded aluminium beam which rests on die-cast aluminium feet. The seating elements, armrests and table tops can be simply assembled on this stable underlying frame. The advantages of AIRLINE: highly economical use of space and great flexibility. The system is sturdy and yet easy to clean, can be swiftly assembled and equally swiftly reconfigured. The design is restrained and features clear lines. The numerous units structure and divide space; arranged as smaller settings, AIRLINE catches the eye.

Waiting zone system, single rows or back-to-back; a configuration of seats facing opposite directions, mounted on a support beam is possible (kissing position). The system uses a triangular aluminium profile as the supporting element, anodised silver grey. Assembly of the individual elements (seats, backrests, legs, armrests, and tables) can be individualised using a modular principle. The legs are made of cast aluminium, coated in silver, with glides. Floor anchors are available on request. Seat and backrest are made of moulded maple ply; powder coated steel (with or without perforation); or freely supported polyurethane integral foam. Optional seat and backrest cushions can be added in artificial leather. The table top unit is made of unbreakable solid-core material, black, and can be flexibly positioned. Three sizes, 300 x 500 mm, 500 x 500 mm, or as an occasional table with table top screwed on from below, 1130 x 565 mm. All materials are fire resistant. GS and BIFMA certification.

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Part of the collection IN PUBLIC SPACES.
Manufacturer Vitra
Family Airline
Architonic ID 1067023
Year of Launch 1998

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