Shop 1, G/F Horizon Plaza
2 Lee Wing Street
Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2580 0488
The French call it ‘art de vivre’ – the art of living. It expresses the notion of making every facet of our lives a monument to our tastes and ideals. It’s about enjoying every single moment.
In Hong Kong, ‘art de vivre’ also means Roche Bobois. Founded in Paris in 1950, the brand’s line of furniture and furnishings provides endless inspiration to those whose standards of quality, style and comfort demand something more individual than the ordinary.
What this means in practical terms is immediately apparent at their showroom at Horizon Plaza. In this warmly inviting space are collections designed with such luminaries as Kenzo Takada, Ora Ito, Cedric Ragot and Sacha Lakic, and fashion houses including Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacroix. Each chair, table, bed, wardrobe, light fixture and rug is a work of passion tempered with skill, made of the highest quality materials by some of the most talented craftspeople in Europe.
A current highlight is the ‘Mah Jong’ modular sofa, designed by Hans Hopfer in 1971. Adaptable as a corner or straight sofa, armchair, bench or bed, it offers superb comfort in all its forms. Elsewhere in the showroom is the recently launched ‘Globe Trotter’ collection by Marcel Wanders. Encompassing everything from tables and cupboards to chairs, rugs, storage systems, soft furnishings and lighting, ‘Globe Trotter’ draws on eclectic cultural and historical references for a lavishly travelled feel.
Hans Hopfer designed the Mah Jong in 1971, with an innovative and uncomplicated approach to comfort which had a profound impact on interior design. Whether as a corner sofa, straight sofa, armchair, bench seat or extra bed, the Mah Jong was conceived to be able to freely adapt in function and form. Each cushion is made by hand in a dedicated workshop, using the same methods as an Haute Couture workshop.Modular sofa using MAH JONG elements, upholstered in fabric.
The brand’s commitment to using traditional craftsmanship and materials means that there is no such thing as a mass produced Roche Bobois piece. Customers can even order one-off variations of virtually anything in the catalogue, customised to their personal taste.
Fascinating in every detail, each Roche Bobois piece is most of all an expression of you. Step into the showroom and find yourself – your ‘art de vivre’.