Key facts

Product:
Bill | Square Round Table
Family:
Bill
Manufacturer:
wb form ag >
Designer:
Max Bill >
Architonic ID:
1151586
Country:
Switzerland
Launched:
1949
Manufacturer groups :
Tables-Dining tables >
Hospitality-Restaurant tables >
Groups:
Tables-Dining tables >
Hospitality-Restaurant tables >

Product description

The Quadratrundtisch (square round table) in 1949 for wohnbedarf Zurich. This item of furniture put into practice Bill’s idea of concrete art in product design and is one of his most important designs.

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.

Material
Tabletop: black linoleum
Legs: natural maple wood or painted black
Edging: natural maple wood

Dimensions
Height: 74 cm
Diameter: 128 cm
Square: 90 x 90 cm

Country of origin of the wood: Germany
Type of wood: Maple

Product family

Concept

The Max Bill Collection is characterised by clarity, simplicity and mathematical precision.
Max Bill’s wooden furniture is the physical expression of his belief that functionality, as well as the economy of materials and design, should be combined with meeting form-related and aesthetic demands. Bill’s designs and products are based on qualities such as functionality, longevity and an economic use of materials.

For Max Bill, industrial design was of particular importance in the economic upturn during the post-war years and because of the widespread destruction left by the war: he saw industrial design as an opportunity to improve the environment with versatile products. Following the US example, the aesthetics of things were becoming important during this period. For the first time, exemplary products – most of which were ‘anonymous’ factory designs – were given a prominent place in the magazines. Authorities like Max Bill and Siegfried Giedion had a clear attitude: they despised any design that would only serve commercial interests and that, in so doing, would follow fashionable trends, thus fostering a throwaway mentality.