The Boby by Joe Colombo: Revisiting a Classic

The Boby by Joe Colombo: Revisiting a Classic

Abby Stone
Aug 11, 2008

atla-081108-boby.jpgDuring our visit to the visit to the Rosebowl Flea Market this weekend, we noticed a few of these carts for sale. The shiny dense plastic and freely moving wheels invited touching. Our friend had never seen one but we immediately recognized the Boby Taboret, designed by Joe Colombo for Bieffe in 1969 and now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York...

Originally designed to meet the storage needs of artists and graphic designers, its many drawers and shelves can make this "Portable Storage System" fit into any space, small or large. We'd use it in a bathroom where it can store everything from make-up to hair dryers, curling irons and towels within easy reach; in a kitchen, fitted with a wooden cutting board to form a small island; in a home office, to hold a small printer, a shredder and office supplies; as a landing strip to corral umbrellas, mail, sunglasses, extra keys, change and all the other detritus of life; or, even as a unique and fully-equpped bar cart, ready to serve our guests drinks in the living room. Available through many art supply stores, we found it online and on sale at Jerry's Artarama. Available in white, red, black or aluminium.

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