Design by Max Bill, 1949.
One of his most significant designs, the Square-Round Table (Quadratrundtisch) exemplifies Max Bill's idea of concrete art in product design. The square table can be expanded into a circular surface using its folding edges that can be locked in place with a simple turn of the supporting rail. The resulting visual impression, with its rhythmical divisions, is reminiscent of Bill's artistic works. Crafted from solid maple with clear lacquer, black linoleum veneer and maple trim.
Max Bill's Square-Round Table was designed for Wohnbedarf in 1949. Crafted from solid maple with clear lacquer, black linoleum veneer and maple trim.
Material(s): Solid maple, linoleum veneer
Designer: Max Bill
Max Bill (1908-1994) was a prolific architect, graphic designer and sculptor. Born over a century ago, he was first a silversmith. Chancing a lecture by LeCorbusier, Max Bill was inspired to study architecture. As a student at the Bauhaus and practitioner of the modern style, he balanced free and applied arts, philosophical thinking and practical application. A champion of the sans serif script, Max Bill was also a publicist, designing letterhead, logos and posters. He taught art and design by emphasizing studio practice and encouraging artists to apply their ideas to the manufacturing industry.
From 1944 onwards he was active as a product designer. He founded and built a college of design at Ulm which influenced German post-war designers including Dieter Rams. It was during this period that Max Bill undertook a more philosophical study of time and his 1957 Wall clock and 1962 Chronoscope are culminations of this work. Later in life, he explored sculpture and painting, became a member of the Swiss parliament and continued his passion of teaching environmental design. Max Bill's life bridged every decade of the 20th century and left a holistic mark in the important years of modern Swiss and international design.View other products by Max Bill
"Let lifestyle and home decor merge together" was the credo of wohnbedarf founders Werner Max Moser, Sigfried Giedion and Rudolf Graber. As early as 1933, wohnbedarf moved into the studio designed by Marcel Breuer at Talstrasse 11 in Zurich. Some of the pieces of furniture that were produced specifically for wohnbedarf by renowned artists, architects and designers such as Max Bill, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Paul Lohse, Willy Guhl or Gottfried Honegger have long since become absolute classics.View other products from wohnbedarf