B-LINE vintage products by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto

 

 

 

since 1999, italian furniture brand B-LINE has been reissuing classic designs of the 60s and 70s–conceived by the likes of joe colombo, rodolfo bonetto and kazuhide takahama–with the aim of restoring the creative heritage, simplicity and aesthetic splendour of the selected pieces; reproduced in flexible materials such as plastic, steel, fabric and wood.

B-LINE heritage designs by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto
up close of the various sized storage compartments of ‘boby’

 

 

 

among the notable products isboby‘, a trolley storage unit created by colombo in 1970. the versatile injection moulded, ABS plastic unit that comes on polypropylene casters offers users a range of compartments–integrated swivel trays, to drawers and open shelf receptacles–for keeping their belongings. ‘boby’ comes in a standard dimension of 43 x 42 cm wide, that is available in three heights of 52.5 cm, 74 cm and 94.5 cm, making the mobile furniture adaptable to a variety of situations–from the office to the art studio to the kitchen. the historic design piece can be purchased in black, orange, red, tornado grey and white, and is part of the museum of modern art in new york and triennale in milan’s permanent collections.

B-LINE heritage designs by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto
range of colors and varying sizes that the ‘boby’ storage trolley is available in

 

B-LINE heritage designs by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto
‘boby’ comes in three different heights: 52.5 cm, 74 cm and 94.5 cm

B-LINE heritage designs by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto
swivel trays allow one to quickly access, and hide goods

 

B-LINE heritage designs by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto
detail of joe colombo’s signature

B-LINE heritage designs by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto
‘multichair’ transformable seating system designed by joe colombo for B-LINE

 

 

 

the same year that ‘boby’ was made, colombo designed ‘multichair’. the transformable seating unit is made from a simple composition of two cushion elements that allow users to easily convert it from an armchair to a lounge chair via a steel hinge.

B-LINE heritage designs by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto
the various ways in which the ‘multichair’ can function

B-LINE heritage designs by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto
‘4/4’ low table or modular bookcase by rodolfo bonetto designed for B-LINE

 

 

 

alongside the work of colombo are the furniture pieces of rodolfo bonetto. the italian designer’s ‘4/4’ is a modular design that double functions as a coffee table and book case. special inserts allow the user to arrange and fasten the four identical injection-moulded ABS plastic components in stacked or one-level configurations, depending on their needs.

B-LINE heritage designs by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto
the ‘4/4’ components can be stacked to form a bookshelf

B-LINE heritage designs by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto
‘aki’ umbrella stand designed by rodolfo bonetto for B-LINE

 

 

 

other B-LINE products conceived by bonetto include the four-place ‘aki’ umbrella stand; and U-shaped ‘buk’ magazine rack that enables two identical elements to be inserted within one another for a more compact arrangement.

B-LINE heritage designs by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto
the colorful ‘buk’ magazine holder can be inserted into one another for a more compact arrangement

B-LINE heritage designs by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto
‘boomerang’ armchair designed by rodolfo bonetto for B-LINE

 

 

 

the 1968 design of bonetto’s ‘boomerang’ armchair is an upholstered steel frame structure whose lateral profile is informed by its name. by joining them together, one can form a longer sofa, creating a larger social space. a flat pocket can be found on its back for storing magazines and newspapers.

B-LINE heritage designs by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto
the profile of the chair references a boomerang

 

B-LINE heritage designs by joe colombo + rodolfo bonetto
‘esa’ hexagonal-shaped pouf designed by kazuhide takahama for B-LINE

 

 

 

‘esa’ hexagonal-shaped pouf by kazuhide takahama for B-LINE is a series of identical units can be used in an configuration of different colors, or individually, adding a bold, graphic punch to one’s interior.

 

the modularity and versatility of B-LINE’s products provide clients with a range of designs that are visually engaging, and practical, manufacturing products for home, office and contract use that employ the latest technologies and high standards of italian crafstmanship.