Rubber table

Toilet plungers may be the least glamorous elements of home decor, yet their surface suction capabilities have inspired entire legions of superheroes, and are frankly fascinating to anyone who can get past their messier associations – purely for the forces they are capable of exerting.

Suction cup table
suction cups detail

Thomas Schnur has worked on a series of cool items for Milan this year, but the best and brightest (or at least: strangest) has to be this eccentric little five-legged table, which his photos depict in all kinds of curious situations. Do you need a table that can float? Probably not, but it’s still fun.

rubber table thrown in water
Rubber table floating

Here’s how Thomas describes his Rubber Suction Cup Table project:

“The drain or plunger is an item, which, though it receives little attention, is actually extremely useful. Rubber Table adopts its idiosyncratic aesthetic and transfers it into a new environment. The rubber plunger has become a table leg – setting in motion a new way of looking at this ambivalent object. Manufactured with dyed foam rubber the color and the surface feel of the original object are preserved.”

“In my projects I always attempt to negotiate with the product I am to design. I negotiate on the weighting of materials, manufacturing, appearance, meaning and function. I break down this task into its characteristics and meanings. I then analyze, assess and construct the idea. In this, it is important to me that despite their cross-references, the products, which are often created from familiar fragments, are able to development the greatest possible degree of autonomy. In this way, they allow for associations but, beyond this, develop their own potential for becoming autonomous products.”

“Thomas Schnur (*1983) lives and works in Cologne. After an apprenticeship as a cabinet maker he studied product design at  University of Applied Sciences Aachen. At that time he worked for designers such as Mathieu Lehanneur in Paris and studied at École Supérieure d’Art et Design de Saint Étienne. “