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Design Sleuth: Airline Trolley as Kitchen Storage

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Design Sleuth: Airline Trolley as Kitchen Storage

March 1, 2017

Spotted (and admired) in the two-room Berlin apartment of stylist Sarah Van Peteghem of Coco Lapine Design: a set of vintage airline trolleys as instant kitchen cabinets. Easier to achieve for the frequent flea market goer, but for those less skilled in sourcing vintage, an industrial-style trolley container is now available from an online shop in Germany.

stylist sarah van peteghem uses four identical vintage airline trolleys as a ki 9
Above: Stylist Sarah Van Peteghem uses four identical vintage airline trolleys as a kitchen countertop in her small kitchen/dining room. Photograph by Magnus Petterson, courtesy of Coco Lapine Design. See more of the apartment in Small-Space Living: A Grand Two-Room Apartment.
about the airline trolleys van peteghem says: “they were bought at a local vi 10
Above: About the airline trolleys Van Peteghem says: “They were bought at a local vintage store here. The original doors and drawers function as the kitchen cabinets, without any adjustments. We just placed them next to each other and topped them with a plywood board painted black from the hardwarer.” Photograph by Magnus Petterson, courtesy of Coco Lapine Design.
the container trolley bin is made of anodized aluminum with insulating material 11
Above: The Container Trolley Bin is made of anodized aluminum with insulating material and hard rubber casters. The bins are sourced from one of the oldest existing airlines and show some signs of wear. They’re €345 ($365) each at Magazin in Germany. You can also source coordinating Container Units for the inside of the cart at €95 ($100) each.
interior aluminum shelves can be removed to make room for narrow enough waste b 12
Above: Interior aluminum shelves can be removed to make room for narrow-enough waste bins or other tall storage.
the trolley bins can be used as storage, kitchen or bathroom trash, a drinks ca 13
Above: The trolley bins can be used as storage, kitchen or bathroom trash, a drinks cart, laundry bin, and any other function you can think up.

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