Hein (fub) wrote,

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Furniture find

Today we went into town, to shop for various things. We had to get some cash from the ATM -- there's this  forgotten ATM just off the Marikenstraat that almost never has any queues. It's this quiet side street with a few specialty shops.
There's a furniture shop in that street: it has all sorts of second-hand designer stuff, mostly chairs. On a whim, we decided to go inside and have a look around. In the cellar, there was this great retro-futuristic side-table/trolley, in orange plastic. It amused me (I played a bit with the drawers), but I find orange quite ugly as a color.

Then we went upstairs, and there was the same trolley in black. I fell in love with it, and bought it! It turned out that it is the Boby trolley, designed by Joe Colombo. I had never heard of the man, but he made all sorts of 'futuristic' designs in the late 60s and early 70s. The Boby was designed in 1970 -- his last big success before he died in 1971.
Here are some pictures. Mind you, we haven't cleaned it yet, so it looks (and is!) quite dusty.

A side view. The Boby stands about 1m50 tall.

Here you can see the 'vertical modularity' of the Boby. My trolley consists of three units: the bottom two are simple cupboards, while the top unit has three drawers.

The units have the same back-side with a small cupboard/shelf.

Those shelves at the backend are separated by these plates. If you remove them, then you have a single tall space.

The top of the trolley. Note the three iron bars that run through the whole of the trolley. Those are the points that additional units can be stacked on and fastened.

The bottom drawer swiveled out. The drawers rotate around one of the iron bars. There's a smart 'handle' that you can push to pop a drawer out of the trolley.

All three drawers swiveled outwards. They're 4cm deep each.

The bottom unit is 'signed' by Joe Colombo.

I really like the 'retro-futurism' and the practical 'vertical modularity'. It's dusty though, and there are some scratches in it -- some patches have turned white. My father in law, who is a bakelite enthousiast, advised me to get copper polish: it is a very fine polishing agent that can be used very well on plastics.
Of course, we don't have any copper and so we have little need for copper polish. I'll have to get some next week.

EDIT: I have been informed that I should not use copper polish, because it will result in dull spots. Good thing I hadn't started yet -- and good thing klik has parents who can recognise types of plastic from photos!

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