Jean Paul Gaultier Goes Glam for Roche Bobois
by Nicholas Tamarin | Friday, June 11, 2010 | 12 Comments
While he might be best known for his outlandish fashion designs—Madonna’s early 90’s cone-bra being the prime example—Jean Paul Gaultier has a different sort of fall collection this year—a beautiful new furniture line for his fellow Frenchmen at Roche Bobois.
The furniture outfit enlisted the infamous fashion designer to create the new pieces, called Jean Paul Gaultier Pour Roche Bobois Paris, to commemorate its golden 50th anniversary. The haute couturian did not disappoint either, creating a progressive collection of furniture that would make the Material Girl proud.
He started by reworking famed, and recently deceased, German designer Hans Hopfer’s iconic Mah Jong sofa, itself created for Roche Bobois in the 1970’s. Gaultier paid tribute to the master by keeping the modular seating’s shape but updating it by swapping out its hippie-chic upholstery for the striped-canvas Sailor, a nautical number that draws one of his favorite themes.
Gaultier also came up with six other upholstery options for the arrangement, with names like Dollar Bill, Tattoo, and Kiss. He didn’t stop there though—Roche Bobois is also rolling out storage units, screens, seats, and other furnishings by Gaultier in time for the fall fashion season—talk about Blond Ambition.