ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Style | Design -

1 Its Paris head­quar­ters is in Faubourg St-an­toine – his­tor­i­cally, the heart of France’s fur­ni­ture-mak­ing in­dus­try – and its largest show­room is in a for­mer theatre once owned by Alexan­dre Du­mas, author of The Three Mus­ke­teers. 2 Hans Hopfer’s 1971 ‘Mah Jong’ sofa ( be­low) is – and al­ways has been – its best­selling de­sign. Mis­soni Home and Kenzo have cre­ated ver­sions. 3 Hopfer’s 1974 ‘Dromedary’ also played with clas­sic sofa de­sign – its back­rest is a se­ries of sec­tions in var­i­ous heights, in­spired by a camel’s humps. 4 The Hopfer le­gacy doesn’t end there: Jac­que­line Hopfer, his ar­chi­tect daugh­ter, now de­signs all of the Roche Bobois stores. To date, the com­pany has 250 show­rooms in 45 coun­tries. 5 Ni­co­las Roche, grand­son of founder Jac­ques, is creative di­rec­tor, and over­sees all new de­signs. Young names he has nur­tured in­clude Cé­dric Ragot, Daniel Rode and René Bouchara.

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