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Roche Bobois at IMM 2018
For the second consecutive year, Roche Bobois will be present at the IMM 2018 show in Cologne. Through its presence at this, one of the largest furniture and design shows, Roche Bobois reaffirms its ambitions for development over the German and International markets.
Roche Bobois will present a selection of items from its new collection, notably the Ivresse table, designed by Tapinassi & Manzoni, and the brand’s iconic Mah Jong sofa, revisited by the Japanese designer Kenzo Takada.
The world leader in the edition and distribution of high-end furniture, Roche Bobois works closely with renowned designers such as Kenzo Takada, Ora Ito, Sacha Lakic, Christophe Delcourt, Stephen Burks, up-and-coming young talents, as well as high fashion houses such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Missoni Home and Christian Lacroix Maison.
A brand with a particularly strong international presence, Roche Bobois has a network of over 260 showrooms in 55 countries, and opens a new address every month on average.
2017 was a particularly strong year for the brand, with the opening of 20 new showrooms across the world (notably in Japan, Iran, the United States, Vietnam, South Africa…).
Roche Bobois – New trends
In 2017, Roche Bobois gave carte blanche to two exceptional personalities: couturier Kenzo Takada and interior designer Bruno Moinard. Kenzo Takada, now turning his hand to design and decoration, designed an exceptional collection of fabrics and ceramics for Roche Bobois. These creations showcase his signature style through graphic and cultural references: mixing origins, mastering colours, and creating delicate patterns. For the fabric collection, Takada took inspiration from ancient kimonos used in the Noh Theatre, re-interpreting their patterns and colours to create fine and sophisticated harmonies symbolising the 3 times of the day: Asa (morning), Hiru (midday), Yoru (evening). These three harmonies became three new editions of Roche Bobois’s iconic Mah Jong sofa.
"Paris Paname", the collection imagined by interior designer Bruno Moinard, is of timeless style, mixing classic and modern inspirations. With its basis firmly in the 1950s, however, the result is a cohesive collection that allows the combination of different forms and materials, such as sycamore, brushed brass and vintage leather.
“Our collaborations with Kenzo Takada and Bruno Moinard show the diversity of Roche Bobois’s offering and the nature of our creative identity. Kenzo Takada chose to make a real aesthetic statement, taking inspiration from ancient traditional kimonos for his revisited Mah Jong. Bruno Moinard, on the other hand, whose talent as an interior designer in large-scale projects is well-known across the world – in prestigious hotels, boutiques or private home –, are in perfect harmony with our brand’s savoir-faire and international nature.” Gilles Bonan, CEO.
Another highlight of this year was the opening of the first Galerie Roche Bobois, in Monaco. In a refined setting, La Galerie Roche Bobois emphasizes the collections designed by Jean Nouvel, Ora Ito, Christophe Delcourt and Hans Hopfer, as well as other exclusive pieces, the fruit of the brand’s constant creative work.
The centrepiece of this inaugural gallery space is Zephyrus, designed by Giacomo Garziano/GG-loop: a transforming piece with unfolding doors and a unique geometric form, whose name recalls a giant American butterfly. Produced in sapphire blue only, it will be limited to 55 examples, including the original prototype piece. The space, bringing together culture, artistic creation and design, has already hosted exhibitions of photographic works by Matthieu Ricard and Studio Harcourt.
La Galerie Roche Bobois reaffirms Roche Bobois’s committment to innovative projects bringing together design, manufacture and Art de vivre.
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