Roche Bobois 100% DesignMilan Furniture Fair – Tuesday 12th to Sunday 17th April 2011Hall 6 Stand B37Roche Bobois, international leader in top end furniture design and distribution,presents its latest exclusive collections at the Milan furniture Fair.The collections represent the eclectism and breadth of range of the brand ; rigorousstructure sits happily alongside more freeflowing forms, acid brights alongside pitchblack.A game of opposites and similarities, organic rounded shapes for an ultra chic urbanenvironment : the Roche Bobois universe thrives on the unexpected, on the suprisesthat lift the spirits and bring a sense of joy to the quotidien.Bold yet timeless offerings that, at the heart of the design event of the year, continue a50-year old tradition of creativity and quality.//// THE AESTHETICS OF COMFORT P/2 - NEW SYNTONE sofa EGOS sofa and armchair CALISSON bed AVA chair, award-winner at the Roche Bobois Design Competition//// LOW TABLES, HIGH ON STYLE P/5 - NEW DERVISH (a swirling table) BOCA OFFSET//// ROCHE BOBOIS VALUES / KEY BUSINESS FACTS AND FIGURES//// PRESS CONTACT P/8
//// THE AESTHETICS OF COMFORTDuring the 1970s, Roche Bobois - with the creative complicity of designer Hans Hopfer –invented a new type of seating, embodied in 1971 by the famous Lounge sofa, known today asthe Mah Jong.Since then, with the collaboration of both well-known and emerging young designers, thecompany has continued to imagine new aesthetic and conceptual approaches to ways ofsitting, with a focus on the sofa, the central product within Roche Bobois’ collections.Presented exclusively in Milan, two new sofas – one of which is accompanied by an armchair –explore this area of creation. They are shown alongside the Calisson bed and the winner of theROCHE BOBOIS DESIGN COMPETITION : the AVA chair from young Chinese designer, SongWen Zhong.//// New SYNTONE Sofa // Design Roberto Tapinassi & Maurizio Manzoni Description Geometrically appealing elegance and supreme comfort, the Syntone sofa plays with oversize proportions in the manner of contemporary loft spaces. Technical info Upholstered in “Syntone” fabric (75% cotton, 25% PA), quilted with parallel stitching. Completely removeable zip covers (opened at armrests). Small quilted feather cushions. Black metal chrome legs. Sofa lengths: 280, 240, 210, 180 cm, angle length: 104 cm, lounge chair Length: 160 cm, armchair: length 100 cm (H. 65 x D. 104 cm)Roberto Tapinassi & Maurizio ManzoniDesigner-architects Roberto Tapinassi et Maurizio Manzoni share aconviction for creative eclectism. Their talent can be seen across thebroad design field, including industrial design, graphic design, marinedesign and of course interior design.
/// New EGOS sofa and armchair // Design Roberto Tapinassi & Maurizio ManzoniDescriptionA sculptural invitation to comfort, RobertoTapinassi et Maurizio Manzoni’s EGOSsofa and armchair are as well-suited to theprivate domain as they are to publicspaces.Technical infoInterior parts of sofa upholstered in “Egos”fabric (90% wool, 10% nylon) with quiltedstitching effect; exterior upholstered in a“JPG plain” fabric (100% cotton). Feather-filled cushions covered in “Trendy” fabricwith piping (100% wool). Completelyremoveable. Multiple piping coloursavailable including green, blue, fuschiaand yellow.Sofa dimensions: L. 272 (in 2 parts), 240,210, 155, armchair L.102, (H. 96 x D. 103cm)
/// Calisson bed // Design Maurice BariloneDescriptionWith its softly-padded round-corneredframe and headboard, the Calisson bedhas an air of Pop playfulness about it.Technical infoSolid wood and particle board structure.Foam and cotton batting headboard andmattress surround. Upholstered incompletely removeable jersey fabricslipcovers or leather (in a variety ofcolours).L.199 x H.92 D.252 cm (for a sleepingarea of 160 x 200 cm) (Differentdimensions available) Maurice Barilone Non-conformist French designer Maurice Barilone has cultivated a passion for ‘furniture-objects’ : « an object isn’t a dead thing. It holds a sense of magic and it’s my role to force this out. For me, a piece of furniture is above all a sculpture where the disequilibrium is balanced by equilibrium ». Barilone has created a number of important collections for Roche Bobois.
/// 1st Prize: The AVA Chair // Design Song Wen ZhongAnticipating new attitudes and emerging trends is part of the Roche Bobois culture ofcreation and this extends to looking for future masters of design.In this spirit, Roche Bobois started a design competition in 2009. Every two years, in adifferent country, the competition invites young talent to respond to a specific theme.Song Wen Zhong, deisgner of the AVA chair is the first to win the competition whichtook place in China.The second competition has already been launched in Morocco, with the promise of anew design to be included in Roche Bobois’ Spring/Summer 2012 collection.DescriptionThe AVA chair is a project to result fromthe first Roche Bobois ‘Design Awards’, acompetition launched in China in 2009 andheld in a different country every two years.Under the theme of ‘Nature, the universallink between east and west’, 28 year-olddesign independent Song Wen Zhong, agraduate of Beijing Academy of Arts,sought inspiration for his Ava chair in themyths and stories of Chinese legend. Withits long sensuous tapering limbs, Avaresembles a dragon-like avatartransformed into a chair: a fine yet strongspecimen such as a giant ant.Representing the first plastic injection-created design from Roche Bobois, Avamarries high-tech purity with organic form.Notice techniqueFabricated using gas-injection mouldingTransparent colours: Makrolon®polycarbonate from Bayer (neutral,smoked and garnet)Glossy opaques: Nyon-6 from IG-Farben(black, white and taupe)Dimensions: L. 590 x D. 568 x H. 800 mmWeight: 5.5kgStackable 4 at a timeStandards: EN (in EU) and ANSI/BIFMA (inUSA) A propos de Song Wen Zhong 28-year old Chinese designer Song Wen Zhong is a graduate of Beijing Art Academy, working today as a design independent.
//// LOW TABLES HIGH ON STYLEA direct complement to the sofa, the low table is a servant of everyday usefulness thatcan be invented and reinvented to animate a space, its design adding to thepersonalised version of an ‘art de vivre’.////NEW DERVISH low tables // Design Studio Roche BoboisDescriptionDervish, a series of low rotating tables.Fun and mobile, these tables are available in a number offinishes that are perfect for mixing and matching.Technical infoLow table on wheelsFinishes : clear glass, lacquered glass or lacquered MDFLarge Ø 105 x H.16 cmSmall Ø 90 x H.12 cm//// Boca collection // Design Vincent Dupont RougierDescriptionA monochome levitating square, the top of the Boca table isavailable in 32 colours. Available in a wide combination ofcolour, size and shape, the Boca is an essential piece thatplays with the visible and invisible and fits with all styles ofinterior.Technical infoBase in 10mm transparent PMMATop in Daquacryl®-lacquered particule boardAvailable in 32 coloursSmall table : L. 45 x H. 40.x P. 45 cm - L. 45 x H. 50.x P. 45Corner table : L. 64 x H. 40 x P. 64 cmLow table : L. 94 x H. 35 x P. 64 cmVincent Dupont RougierSelf-taught Vincent Dupont-Rougier has been designingfurniture since 1994. He has also created street furniture anda great many set designs. From 2000 à 2001, he was thehonorary recipient of a bursary award from the Académie deFrance à Rome.
//// Offset low table//Design Sacha LakicDescriptionOffset has something of contemporary sclupture : randomlypositioned glass cubes overlap, disobeying the principles ofsymmetry and creating a sense of dynamism.Technical infoLow table in Table tempered glass, smoked grey or bronzefinishL. 173 x H. 30 x D. 66 cm Sacha Lakic Passionate about the latest technology, Sacha Lakic has designed a number of ambitious futuristic automobile and motorcycles. In 2005, he created the SPEED UP collection for Roche Bobois where one finds all the elements of his signature style: the use of dynamic materials, unconventional box form proportions, high-tech compartments and lacquer-created reflections. In 2011, he creates the Offset tables for Roche Bobois.//// ROCHE BOBOIS VALUES / KEY FIGURESRoche Bobois valuesAn international leader in top end furniture, French ‘editor’ and distributor Roche Bobois iscelebrating over 50 years of undisputed success in the business.Under the current directorship of Gilles Bonan (promoted to chief executive officer in 2008), thebrand has enjoyed an ambassadorial role, representing the best of French interior design andfurniture all around the world. This achievement is due in no small part to the combination ofvalues that distinguish it: creativity, quality and a respect for the environment. Creativity : Interpreter of emerging lifestyle trends and a master at revisiting theclassics, the name Roche Bobois has, for the last 50 years, been synonymous with Frenchdesign. A creative vitality expressed in two new collections launched each year, in a rhythmsimilar to that of the fashion industry.
To create these collections, Roche Bobois has always been involved the most talenteddesigners of the time; names such as Pierre Paulin, Olivier Mourgue, Marc Berthier and HansHopfer have today given way to those of Christophe Delcourt, Sacha Lakic and Cédric Ragot.A tradition of aesthetic and technical innovation is accompanied by a vision of ‘Home Couture’embodied in the regular collaborations with grand fashion houses such as Missoni Home,Kenzo Maison, Jean Paul Gaultier and Sonia Rykiel Maison. Quality : Meticulously researched design, highest quality materials and exceptionalcraftsmanship have been the hallmarks of the Roche Bobois brand since its creation 50 yearsago. A quest for perfection achieved as a result of close collaboration with the Europeanfactories and workshops where respect for the traditional skills and methods of cabinet-making,woodworking, leather working and upholstering is fully maintained.The small scale methods of manufacture place traditional hand-finishing processes at the centreof the operation and allow for a very high level of ‘bespoke’ personalisation of each individualRoche Bobois piece.An anchoring of tradition coupled with continuous research and development into new high-techmethods of manufacture (such as those used to fabricate the Ava chair, made from a steelmould into which is injected either a polycarbonate - for the transparent version - or a nylon - forthe opaque version – under 1500 tons of pressure) are essential to the Roche Bobois way ofdoing things. Respect for the environment : Monitoring and minimising the impact of its products onthe environment is a duty that Roche Bobois takes seriously, and to which it has responded viathe setting up of voluntary policies.The company takes its social responsibility as seriously as its environmental one, setting upinitiatives with its suppliers to ensure the duty of responsibility is extended as far as possible.Consequently, a number of ‘eco-conceived’ collections have been created since 2006 : Legendand Saga by Christophe Delcourt, Assemblage by Stéphane Lebrun, Horizon by Luigi Gorgoni,Fossile from Mostapha EL Oulhani, Jérôme Garzon and Fred Sionis, Brio from Sacha Lakic,Oxymore from Daniel Ezan… so many products that testify to a genuine engagement withenvironmental responsibility.2010 Key Figures :Turnover : 370 million euros+ 8% versus 2009240 showrooms around the worldA presence in 40 countries1500 partners2 new collections each year