CASE STUDY 07

FOSTER RETREAT, MARTHA’S VINEYARD

NORMAN FOSTER

The Foster Retreat is a private initiative by the Foster Family Dynasty Trust who will, from time to time, invite friends who are writers, researchers, architects, engineers and those concerned with issues of cities and the environment to share the retreat.

THE FOSTER RETREAT, MARTHA’S VINEYARD PROJECT

The NF Collection has its native setting in the Foster Retreat which designed by a project team from the Norman Foster Foundation to accommodate a wide range of domestic activities - from living to working with spaces to accommodate private study.

Norman Foster has designed eight tailormade furniture pieces for the Foster Retreat that part of them make up the seventh collection of Karimoku Case Study.
Timber was a natural choice to match spirit of the building and Karimoku Case Study, with its proven record of beautifully crafting and detailing wood for furniture, was an obvious partner.

THE FOSTER RETREAT, MARTHA’S VINEYARD PROJECT

The NF Collection has its native setting in the Foster Retreat which designed by a project team from the Norman Foster Foundation to accommodate a wide range of domestic activities - from living to working with spaces to accommodate private study.

Norman Foster has designed eight tailormade furniture pieces for the Foster Retreat that part of them make up the seventh collection of Karimoku Case Study.
Timber was a natural choice to match spirit of the building and Karimoku Case Study, with its proven record of beautifully crafting and detailing wood for furniture, was an obvious partner.

The Foster Retreat is a private initiative by the Foster Family Dynasty Trust who will, from time to time, invite friends who are writers, researchers, architects, engineers and those concerned with issues of cities and the environment to share the retreat.
“As the project neared completion, some visitors commented on what the French might call the “Japanism" of the interior spaces. This is perhaps because of the dominance and precision of wooden boards on the surfaces of floors and ceilings. These are modulated, as in traditional Japanese architecture, by the grid of the structure, which is visible inside and out.”
Norman Foster
“Wood was the obvious choice not only for reasons of sustainability but also as a direct reference to the traditional buildings that characterise the island.”
Norman Foster
“Wood was the obvious choice not only for reasons of sustainability but also as a direct reference to the traditional buildings that characterise the island.”
Norman Foster
The furniture in the Foster Retreat has the key role of integrating and blending the space together and at the same time providing flexibility for the domestic environment.
Norman Foster