Prismasteel Furniture System
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Throughout the 1960s, airport terminals across the country featured Canadian-made furniture and artwork. Most of these buildings included variations of a seating design created by Robin Bush. After studies at the Vancouver School of Art and a stint in the Canadian Navy during World War II, Bush (and his then business partner, Earle Morrison) began producing furniture of his own design. In 1957, Canadian Office and School Furniture in Preston, Ontario, began producing Bush’s Prismasteel line. The line featured an innovative approach to furniture making: 33 interchangeable components could be assembled in different ways to create 120 different furniture pieces. Prismasteel seating was used in Gander, NF, Ottawa, ON, and Edmonton, AB, among other airports.