Aside from evoking golden memories of that European tour, the Tio Café Table is also a marvel for dining in compact spaces. From Stockholm-based Massproductions, designer Chris Martin's innovative steel-wire base, achieved via a computer-controlled bending machine, is finished with a tough powder-coat polyester. For both indoor or outdoor use, Tio can be configured with either a matching galvanized steel tabletop or with a luxe-statement option in Carrara marble. Additionally, a laminate-topped model is offered for interiors. And all 3 versions are available as a round tabletop in small or large sizes or a small triangular shape with rounded edges. Chris's elegantly minimal Tio collection of chairs and tables, fashioned from just a few steel wires and a great deal of thought and precision, has been referred to as a "new classic" and the table has been selected for the permanent collection of Sweden's National Museum.
Small: 28.3" h x 23.6" dia (72x60cm)
“Our goal is to use industrial processes to create furniture which people can get excited about, something that gives them pride of ownership,” says Chris Martin of Stockholm-based Massproductions. “You can do that with a hand-crafted piece, but for us the satisfaction comes from achieving it with an industrially produced article.” Chris, an Englishman, and Swedish business partner Magnus Elebäck first met as independent consultants and eventually put their accumulated knowledge to work for themselves in 2009 by opening their own furniture company, Massproductions.
Within modernist design codes, they strive for a “dignified simplicity” and their emblematic Tio Chair took the prestigious Golden Chair award from the Swedish Association of Architects. Also cognizant of environmental factors, a core concept is to produce “cleverly and in volume” to emphasize sustainability as well as social ethics, Chris says. "We believe that responsible and rational mass production benefits the consumer, the factory worker and everyone in-between.”