bulthaup’s b Solitaire Series Modernizes the Classic China Cabinet
Only a few generations ago, the china cabinet was an indispensable piece of furniture. The item’s purpose was to store and display collectibles, fine china, family heirlooms, and pieces of memorabilia that were precious to the owners and good conversation starters. The modern hutch still exists, but it’s much more utilitarian now, often coming with bookshelves, drawers, and cabinets providing maximum storage. But there’s something to be said about the idea behind the china cabinet, a richly designed piece that celebrates self-expression and provides a place to curate one’s life. As the global design aesthetic has moved towards the lighter touch of minimalism, German company
Comprised of three different shelving units, a dining table, and a bench, the b Solitaire series is an insightful reimagining of the cabinet’s possibilities in a sleek package. Using only highly selective materials like deep-anodized aluminum, solid oak from Central Europe, glass, stainless steel, and leather, the b Solitaire series offers a luxurious alternative to the bulky and dated storage pieces of the past, and with improved functionality due to it being operable from all sides.
“The inspiration for the b Solitaires is the belief that each of us has collections of objects that have singular and sentimental significance,” explains
The pieces are customizable by nature, offering designers and end-users multiple choices of materials and the option of whether to put in solid or grid shelves, drawers with or without glass, pull-out trays, a thick oak top, or an elegant glass or thin stainless-steel top. The drawers can be outfitted with leather inlays or