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The M4R serving trolley car was designed by the German manufacturer Tecta in the style of Bauhaus furniture. The free-standing cantilever chair with its tubular steel frame has been a favourite for decades; now Tecta has transferred the aesthetics to the M4R serving trolley, an object which originated in 2002 but which could just have easily originated at Bauhaus. With its timeless classic charm and the four rubber tyres with their filigree spokes, the Tecta resembles the practical helper it is, and can be easily placed in any space. And used as required, be that as a serving trolley, or simply as a decorative side table for living or dining room.


Product type Serving trolley
Dimensions Height: 76 cm
Width: 104 cm
Depth: 51 cm

Material Steel tube, nickel plated
Lacquered MDF table top

Please note: The first tubular steel chairs from the 1920s by Bauhaus artists such as Marcel Breuer featured warm reflective, nickel plated, surfaces. Hence the Tecta M4R and M4RS Serving Trolley are manufactured with nickel plated tubing. This nickel plating has a delicate, yellowish tone.
Variants Shelves painted black or white
Available with or without bottle holder
Also available with a drawer as M4RS
Function & properties Mobile
Care Nickel plated surfaces are prone to developing a surface patina over time. Tarnished or soiled areas can be cleaned with nickel paste and a white cloth, thereby effortlessly returning their original shine.
Warranty 24 months
Product presentation

Popular versions

M4R, White lacquered, With bottle holder
M4R, White lacquered, Without bottle holder
M4R, Black lacquered, With bottle holder
M4R, Black lacquered, Without bottle holder

Design Story

The M4R serving trolley - an homage to Bauhaus

M4R - Bauhaus on Wheels


With the M4R serving trolley German furniture manufacturer Tecta has realised something special: based on the Bauhaus classics from the Tecta portfolio, the elegant serving trolley is made up of the large spoked wheels of the Bauhaus lounger F41-E and the elegantly curved frame of the Bauhaus coffee table M40. Designed in the spirit of Marcel Breuer, the M4R creates a noble, nostalgic atmosphere with the elegance of classic modernity and offers everything important in a functional serving trolley: thanks to the sufficient space on two levels, crockery, bottles, accessories and even books can be stored on the Tecta serving trolley. The M4R can be used in a variety of ways as a side table or trolley and thanks to its elegantly curved steel rail can be easily moved from all sides.

Functional and unique in design: The M4R in detail

An optional bottle holder provides additional security in the mobile minibar. The embedded plates nickel-plated tubular steel in the frame are also available in different versions.


Tecta furniture is primarily manufactured in Germany and at the Tecta company headquarters in Lauenförde, where the individual carpentry, upholstery, braiding and metalworking workshops are based. Metal processing at the Tecta site includes bending, punching, welding and surface finishing. Tecta obtains the tubular steel for the M4R serving trolley, and the other Tecta furniture in Rhineland, the precision frames are bent at the company headquarters and by a Tecta partner in Upper Franken. High-gloss chrome plating is manufactured in Bayern in accordance with the strict German environmental protection guidelines. In addition to the latest technology, Tecta focuses in particular on traditional craftsmanship in production. Only the best wood is processed, which is checked for first-class quality by the local wood trade.

The M4R - Made in Germany

Perfect as both a serving trolley and as a side table


As a manufacturer of re-editions of licensed Bauhaus originals, Tecta sees its task on the one hand to preserve the heritage of International Modernism, and at the same time also further developing this heritage and, if necessary, improving it. Thus the company not only produces originals by designers such as Marcel Breuer or Walter Gropius, but also realizes contemporary designs and furniture under its own name, such as the serving trolleys M4R and M4RS. Through developing new furniture in the Bauhaus spirit, Tecta is continuing the Bauhaus design philosophy and keeping it alive. This also means that Tecta implements special requests from customers that go far beyond the limits of the range.

With individualization and custom-made products according to customer requirements, Tecta sets an example for sustainability and against the flood of faceless mass-produced goods. In this way, Tecta continues to design in the spirit of Bauhaus and thus pursues an idealism that is opposed to economic efficiency that is purely geared to profit.

Historical Context

Even if the M4R console trolley is a contemporary design, the Bauhaus lounger F41-E and the Bauhaus M40 coffee table as reference points clearly place it in the context of Bauhaus design. It can thus be read as an extension of the design theory of the Bauhaus, which, after it was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1916, established completely new concepts and threw the conventions of the time overboard. The aim was to design timeless furniture and everyday objects by focusing on the functionality of the design and the possibilities of production. As with Tecta, the workshops therefore played a central role as a counterpart to theoretical training. From 1922, the Bauhaus increasingly advocated industrial production, which made serial production possible and was intended to make Bauhaus furniture accessible to a broader public. The introduction of tubular steel, which was used in Bauhaus designs from 1921 and with its cool shine became a symbol of the reform character of modernism, is particularly symbolic.

M4R: Limousine among the mobile side tables


Tecta is a family business managed in the fourth generation by Christian Drescher at the company's headquarters in Lauenförde, directly on the banks of the Weser. The name derives from the Latin tectere, which means design or execution, and is also part of the Tecta program: a company specializing in traditional handicraft techniques including the carpentry and upholstery practised at the company's headquarters, while the continuation of wicker weaving craft has been a particular focus of Tecta for over the past 40 years. As with Knoll International or Cassina, the company also produces furniture with a focus on modern avant-garde designs by designers such as Walter Gropius or Marcel Breuer. Of around 100 products in the permanent range, 30 bear the Bauhaus signet, works produced true to the original and under license as re-editions approved by the Bauhaus Archive Berlin.

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