162 // ROCHE, REIMAG­INED

Ocean Drive - - Septem­ber 2017 - BY BEAU BAN­NEN

Ja­panese de­signer Kenzo Takada re­vamps the French wares of Roche Bobois just in time for the brand’s grand open­ing of its new Miami De­sign District show­room.

JA­PANESE DE­SIGNER ENZO T ADA RE­VAMPS THE FRENCH WARES OF ROCHE BOBOIS JUST IN TIME FOR THE BRAND’S GRAND OPEN­ING OF ITS NEW MIAMI DE­SIGN DISTRICT SHOW­ROOM.

Fol­low­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with Chris­tian Lacroix Mai­son, So­nia Rykiel Mai­son, Mis­soni Home, and Jean-paul Gaultier, renowned in­ter­na­tional lux­ury fur­ni­ture de­signer Roche Bobois has en­listed Kenzo Takada to reimag­ine its iconic Mah Jong sofa—a free-form mo­du­lar piece made for mul­ti­ple con­fig­u­ra­tions, orig­i­nally launched in 1971.

“I wanted to com­pletely change their col­ors and in­ter­pret them in a new way,” says the Ja­pane­se­born de­signer, who or­ga­nized the col­lec­tion into three the­matic color schemes: Asa (morn­ing), Hiru (mid­day), and Yoru (evening). “I [used] in­spi­ra­tion from the pat­terns found on ki­monos, specif­i­cally the weav­ing used for Noh theater [cos­tumes],” Takada says.

It’s been 14 years since the dy­namic duo’s last part­ner­ship. This time, aside from new fab­ric cre­ations, Ja­pane­se­in­flu­enced co­or­di­nat­ing earth­en­ware vases and enamel-coated oc­ca­sional ta­bles—plus a hand-tufted Gara rug—round out the of­fer­ings. The tim­ing couldn’t be more per­fect, as the high-end brand cel­e­brates the grand open­ing of its new Miami De­sign District store as a third com­po­nent to its Aven­tura and Coral Gables hubs. The store also hap­pens to be de­signed by Jacqueline Hopfer, head of Roche Bobois’s in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture depart­ment and daugh­ter of leg­endary de­signer Hans Hopfer, who cre­ated the orig­i­nal Mah Jong sofa. Call it a full­cir­cle, or bet­ter yet, a mo­du­lar mo­ment. 3450 Bis­cayne Blvd., Miami; roche-bobois.com

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