Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Design 1900 to Now, Room 74


1970 (designed), 1970 (made)
Place Of Origin

object details
Object Type
This object consists of 4 parts.

  • Trolley
  • Tray
  • Shelf
  • Lid
Materials and Techniques
Injection-moulded ABS plastic
  • Height: 73.2cm
  • Width: 42cm
  • Depth: 43cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Joe Colombo (Signature in raised relief on bottom shelf)
Gallery Label
STORAGE TROLLEY: BOBY Designed by Joe Colombo (Italian, 1930-1971), 1970 Made by Editions Bieffeplast, Caselle di Selvazzano, Padua, Italy from 1970; still in production Injection-moulded ABS plastic Given by Valerie Mendes W.5-1992 This trolley, designed specifically for the drawing office, has been widely used in the home and is an example of expropriation of office furniture by the domestic market. The layered construction provides flexible storage, while the castors make it easy to move around at will.(1992)
Credit line
Given by Valerie Mendes
Historical context
The Boby Trolley is one of Colombo's best known designs, originally intended for use in studios but picked up by the design conscious for use in kitchens, bathrooms and studies.
Accession Number
W.5:1 to 4-1992

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record createdFebruary 12, 2008
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