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    the joy of the boby trolley

    April 8, 2013

    As a creative, working form home, i’m forever trying to find ways to tame my ‘creative chaos’. Part of me needs to have stuff on view for inspiration and yet i crave order too. it’s a never ending struggle.

    To help me, i’m always looking for interesting storage ideas that will simultaneously act as a beautiful piece of furniture. There is nothing more satisfying to me than exhibiting much loved products but also give them a sense of order.

    I was very excited to see a fantastic magazine rack my friend igor shared with us. Igor, after much deliberation, i’ve settled for the black one and it will live in my bedroom:-)

    Today, let me introduce you to the iconic boby trolley. Boby, designed by joe colombo in 1970, is a trolley storage unit which has made its mark on history, mainly due to its outstanding versatility. Designed to guarantee customised storage capacity, the structure and drawers are made from injection-moulded ABS plastic, while the casters are made of polypropylene. The manufacturing process is still very much in use and you can order your own boby trolley here. This iconic design is part of the permanent collection of the museum of modern art in new york and “triennale” in milan.

    About a month ago i read of a unique sale of interesting vintage items by a mum and daughter. It was on a corner of redchurch street in shoreditch and it just sounded different and a little quirky. I made sure i went to the pre-view of the sale and as soon as i walked in i knew it was not in vein. I immediately spotted the gorgeous red boby trolley and i could feel my heartbeat racing out of excitement. I was delighted to discover it was still available and at the snippet price of £60 there was nothing really to reflect. It was mine. I knew, by speaking to the mother, that she had loved and cared for it over the 30 years or so in her possession and that’s part of the excitement of buying vintage, wouldn’t you agree?

    I thought i would show you what i use my boby trolley for and hope you enjoy this little tour:-)

    Here it is in full bloom!


    The famous signature engraved inside the bottom shelf.


    Let’s start with the back. How ingenius to have a space for long tubes and the likes. Although i have in-build architectural plan chests, there’s never a clever way to store longer and thicker items. The tubes you see are limited edition monocle prints that, after 4 years, still need framing!


    From left: moleskine notebook with a customised cover made for me (no longer available). Caran d’ache 849. Mulberry A5 organiser. Graf von Faber-Castell classic pencil pernambuco wood.


    From left: Waterman fountain pen, lady agatha (no longer available, look at auctions). A range of kaweco fountain pens and pencil. Koh -i-noor mechanical pencil.


    Awww, my beloved mr p one man tape dispenser.


    I’ve blogged about my paper clips before. See here.


    Faber-castell pitt artist pens. Faber-castell pitt artist pen big brush.


    Artefacts cards. Bussiness cards by


    Wallpaper city guides. The berlin design guide.


    Inside the top draw you’ll find my mt tapes and some feathers and craft materials.


    In the second draw i have some of my card collection. Favourites are christian lacroix  (bought in liberty) and numerous cards by alison sye.


    Hope there’s been something of interest for you. Liking the monday sunshine. See you thursday!

    By the way, i’ve just entered the Home Love contest at Fashion For Home and submitted the first photo here to indicate a place or corner of my home that i love! Well, you all now know that Boby is a very welcome new addition to my home office. Why not enter yourselves? You have until 18th April!