Building on the potential inherent in the original Major Tom modular system, German designer David Ciernicki has perfected his craft in the Major Tom 2.0. Composed of several key elements, the system pivots around an ingenious locking mechanism: a conical steep-thread that locks and unlocks with a simple twist. The male component of the mechanism is attached to a collapsible tripod, which when folded occupies a minute amount of space. This tripod is sturdy enough to hold up a table top, and can even be fitted with a spacer, if a higher table is required. The real kicker though is that the female component in theory can be attached to almost any flat surface, making it an incredibly flexible system. Its minimal approach to furniture opens it to almost any conceivable function, limited only by the human imagination. Ciernicki nails what makes modular systems so intriguing; he builds it upon practical joints, and takes the time to make sure every element is well made and stylishly designed. This approach is vital to new trends in apartment living, where maximizing the utility of space is essential to living a stress free life. So next time you begin to feel cooped up sitting in a tin can of an apartment, just think of Major Tom.