Olaf von Bohr was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1927. He began his career learning woodworking, furniture production, and architecture at the Blocherer furniture school in Munich. In the early 1950s, Olaf von Bohr moved to Milan and worked in the development office of La Rinascente and later joined the Kartell team. He established his own office in 1960 and worked in collaboration with the likes of Sergio Asti, Franco Albini, and BBPR.
In 1970, he received a Compasso d’Oro, Honorable Mention for the 4925 modular bookcase for Kartell. The Kartell 4702 Wall clothes hook (designed 1971-2) was selected to be part of the permanent collection of MoMA here and also earned von Bohr a Compasso d’Oro, Honorable Mention. The Isis chair for Kartell was awarded the Chair of the year at the international furniture competition in 1997. Olaf von Bohr continues to design actively in many fields.
4925 Modular bookcase. Image source: 1stdibs.
4702 Wall clothes hook. Image source: Kartell.
Isis chair. Image source.
The 8800 bed table was in production from 1970 through 1975; in 1975 the code was changed to 7800 and the table remained in production through 1979. The table measures 22-3/4” by 15” by 1.25” height (when folded); 9” height (when opened). It is a sturdy, useful table. They can be found at reasonable cost, though they are uncommon items. I have two of them in red.
A variety of colors and packaging are shown below. I have only ever seen the bed table in white, yellow, orange, and red. If you know of any other colors, please comment below.
Here is the bed table in white but with the 7800 designation.
Another example in white, but with a different box.
Here is the bed table in red but with the 7800 designation. This version was made in the USA by Beylerian Limited.
The pictures above focus on the ingenious hinging mechanism and slide that supports the table’s legs.
A video of the hinging mechanism.
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