Tobias Groß turns unobtrusive folding miracle M10 into a bright and fresh piece of furniture with surprises. An inconspicuous cube, Erich Brendel’s table seems to offer little in the way of discoveries. But then a smile dawns on the viewer’s face, as it unfolds and turns into a Swiss cross, reflecting its source of inspiration – the austere lines of Walter Gropius’ office. In his rethink of the M10, Tobias Groß livens things up: he raises Brendel’s table from its invisibility, giving it a visible, smaller and more colourful design. He maintains the table’s structural character and really makes it stand out. The surfaces and supports of the M10 have been pared down, making them look less solid and creating a lightweight, flexible piece of furniture. The little brother of Erich Brendel’s former tea table.
And since a table can nowadays no longer serve for five o’clock tea occasions only, the Cologne designer has reduced its proportions to those of a side table. He has also added a cheerful note to its exterior. A new two-tone design makes the table attractive for modern interiors. Tobias Groß has washed the surfaces in calm, muted colours from olive through red to blue. And he has accentuated the profile edges with fresh pastel hues. Running all around the table, they give it a new, ever surprising, appearance, depending on the position of the panels.
For the BauhausNowhaus campaign the Cologne-based designer has enhanced the M10’s visibility. And in doing so has delivered a timelessly beautiful product that is ready to unfold its true potential in a contemporary interior.