A scratch here, a ding there – it’s all part of the charm that Bordbar airplane trolleys bring to their second life on the ground. When retired from long hauls at a comfortable cruising altitude, these functional pieces get a redesign from Cologne-based creative Stephan Boltz for use in homes, offices, retail, restaurants, or anywhere a little stylish storage is needed.
Starting at a base price of 899EU ($1225USD), Bordbar recycled airplane trolleys can be completely customized inside and out. Exterior motifs for the 103cm-high units range from a solid color palette to exquisite cityscape silhouettes to bold prints to your own design. Inside, shelves and drawers can be added and arranged to suit any new purpose.
The original intent and functionality of these reclaimed containers remains intact- the door can swing a full 270 degrees, lie flat against the trolley’s side and, in case things get bumpy, lock in place with a magnet. The trolley’s former dry ice drawer is now a cool place to store small essentials and the footbrake that kept things stable during take-off keeps things secure on terra firma.
An extractable table that slides from the trolley’s top at three lockable stops brings extended capabilities such as a spot for computer accessories or, in a not so far removed application, a place to mix drinks as they did in style under the lights at the 2007 International Furniture Fair in Cologne, Germany.
In addition to easily lending themselves to reuse, these aviation accoutrements are built to last. The premium materials have already proven their durability on flights around the globe. Who knows, perhaps you’ve even met yours before on a London-Paris leg or a non-stop to New York.