Bomba Set

Bomba Set

Bomba Set

Bomba Set manufactured by Villeroy & Boch from “Portable World,” Museum of Contemporary Crafts, October 5, 1973 – January 1, 1974.

In 1973, “Portable World” opened at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City. The exhibition observed and showcased our mobile society, with the objects included designed for mobility: flexible and portable, but not necessarily permanent. “Portable World” demonstrated the increasing need for portable possessions such as personal effects, kitchen utensils, cleaning equipment, and shelters.

Portable food was a popular topic. George Washington’s campaign chest from 1783 had glass and pewter cooking and eating utensils. The Pac-A-Pic (1973) was a plastic bento-style picnic set with stacking food trays. The pictured Bomba Set (1972) was a melamine stacking picnic set for four, manufactured in Germany.

The Bomba Set was designed by Helen von Boch and Federigo Fabbrini for German manufacturer Villeroy & Boch. This set is 15.5 inches tall and 10 inches in diameter when assembled. There are settings for four, including serving dishes, for a total of 41 pieces. The fork and the spoon have a slot to wrap and nest with the knife. Each soup bowl rests inside a plate when assembled. According to the U.S. patent and accompanying diagrams:

The present invention consists in a set of different dinner-ware articles adapted to be stacked to form a portable unit with the improvement that the stacked dinner-ware articles abut in a horizontal cross-section of the unit substantially exclusively near its periphery on a respective underlying article, means being provided for safeguarding the articles against lateral sliding, and peripheral parts of the articles being shaped to form a substantially closed shell of the unit which has a compact shape.

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