The Bobo Sidetable by RKNL Draws Inspiration from the Baobab Tree

A Dutch furniture design company RKNL, have created BoBo, a side table that was inspired by the African Baobab tree.

They describe it as, “… cuddly, handy and a little bit perky, a piece of furniture with a distinct character.” Just like the tree with its prominent wide trunk and fragile branches, BoBo also features a relatively wide solid oak center piece with 3 metal plateaus offering space for cups, phones, remote controls and what not.


There are 2 standard versions of the BoBo, Solid oak with White steel and Charcoal oak with Brushed brass 

Solid oak with White steel and
Charcoal oak with Brushed brass 

The latter version is colored by the Shou-sugi-ban technique, an ancient Japanese technique in which wood is burned and brushed to form a natural protection. This traditional torching method generates a much richer color than a standard stain and deepens the grain of the oak. After burning, the side table is lacquered to prevent the release of charcoal.


While BoBo does have a very cuddly aesthetic, its also very clean and contemporary and would be a nice fit in almost any space.

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