Abacus stadium seats, the flagship product of Forum, have been shown in a photograph published in the Italian edition of the famous fashion magazine Vogue. The white seats were part of the setting of a photoshoot for Julia Fusiecka’s collection.
Designed by Rebecca Stewart, the Abacus seats have featured in an impressive number of fit-out projects. They have been installed in dozens of stadiums around the world, including arenas hosting major sports events such as the upcoming football World Cup in Qatar (2022). The Abacus seats have also been awarded the prestigious FX Award for design. However, hardly anybody has expected them to be shown in Vogue Italia, one of the most important fashion magazines in the world!
A photograph with the Abacus seats was published in Vogue Talents, a September supplement to the legendary magazine. It was taken in Mera tennis courts in Warsaw during a photo session for The Court, Court n°1 collection inspired by the history of tennis. Its author, Julia Fusiecka, has graduated from the International School of Costume and Fashion Design in Warsaw. It was actually the school that entered the young designer’s graduation collection for the TOP 20 Worldwide Graduates: a Pick of Careers in the Making. Every year, the magazine’s editorial team pick the work of only a handful of the most talented artists, choosing from among entries coming in from all over the world, and publish its photographs in a special supplement issued for the famous Milan Fashion Week. For young designers, to be on that list is an enormous distinction and a great springboard to future career.
The tennis courts were a natural setting of a photo shoot for the collection, and Julia thinks that Warsaw Tennis Club Mera is one of the most beautiful venues of this kind in the capital. She also found the place’s colours perfect, particularly the white of the Abacus seats.
“I love the photo published in Vogue Italia for its minimalist, pure character and the strong contrast between green and white: the colours which are also present in my collection. The Abacus seats have complemented perfectly my inspiration with tennis, a discipline associated with white colour and pure form, but they effectively softened the sport’s elegance” she says.
It is worth noting that Julia Fusiecka is the first ever graduate of a Polish fashion design school placed on the prestigious list. She has also managed to design a second edition of the tennis-inspired collection: The Court, Court n°2. On a daily basis, she works for the company 4F, at a department designing Olympic clothing collections for eight countries.
Photo session for The Court, Court n°1 collection:
photographs: Magdalena Wieczorek
video: Magdalena Wieczorek / Robert Turek
models: Natalia (United4Models), Janek (Chili Models)
make up: Adrianna Grabowska