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December 6, 2010

French luxury furniture retailer Roche Bobois turned 50 this year, celebrating this milestone with a retrospective at their Madison Avenue showroom. Evident through the timeline of chairs, sofas, tables, and shelves is an enduring creative and playful spirit. Says CEO Gilles Bonan, “It was there since the beginning and it’s part of our DNA.” The company has partnered with many well-known designers including Eero Aarnio, Hans Hopfer, and Mario Bellini, and

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A retro advertisement for the Dromedary Sofa, designed by Hans Hopfer in 1974.
A retro advertisement for the Dromedary Sofa, designed by Hans Hopfer in 1974.
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“Bobois” translated to “beautiful wood,” is evident in the precise mortise and tenon joinery of Stephane Lebrun’s Assemblage Table.
“Bobois” translated to “beautiful wood,” is evident in the precise mortise and tenon joinery of Stephane Lebrun’s Assemblage Table.
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Olivier Mourge’s 1965 Djinn chair was used in the set design for Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Olivier Mourge’s 1965 Djinn chair was used in the set design for Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
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The company marketed Eero Aarnio’s 1966 Ball Chair as a meditative “room within a room.”
The company marketed Eero Aarnio’s 1966 Ball Chair as a meditative “room within a room.”
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Pastilli Armchair, Eero Aarnio, 1968.
Pastilli Armchair, Eero Aarnio, 1968.
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The Plateau Sofa (1971) was part of Roche Bobois’ “New Science of Sitting" campaign, which emphasized customizable and flexible furniture arrangements.
The Plateau Sofa (1971) was part of Roche Bobois’ “New Science of Sitting" campaign, which emphasized customizable and flexible furniture arrangements.
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Imagine Sofa, Hans Hopfer, 1990.
Imagine Sofa, Hans Hopfer, 1990.
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Nuage Armchair, R. Tapinassi and M. Manzoni, 2005.
Nuage Armchair, R. Tapinassi and M. Manzoni, 2005.
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The solid oak Legend Bookcase, created by agronomist-turned-designer Christophe Delcourt in 2006, is an abstraction of a tree, and reminiscent of the Carlton bookcase Ettore Sottsass designed for Memphis in the 1980s.
The solid oak Legend Bookcase, created by agronomist-turned-designer Christophe Delcourt in 2006, is an abstraction of a tree, and reminiscent of the Carlton bookcase Ettore Sottsass designed for Memphis in the 1980s.
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Cute Cut coffee table, Cederic Ragot, 2006.
Cute Cut coffee table, Cederic Ragot, 2006.
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The Flap Bookcase, designed by René Bouchara in 2007, features articulated flaps that can be rotated at will to create filled spaces and voids.
The Flap Bookcase, designed by René Bouchara in 2007, features articulated flaps that can be rotated at will to create filled spaces and voids.
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Chabada Chairs, Daniel Rode, 2008.
Chabada Chairs, Daniel Rode, 2008.
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Playing with the scale of pixels is a specialty of Spanish-born designer Cristian Zuzunaga, and the diminutive digital unit gets its due on Shanghai. The fabric—a Ligne Roset exclusive—graces the iconic pleats and folds of Michel Ducaroy’s iconic 1970s pi
Playing with the scale of pixels is a specialty of Spanish-born designer Cristian Zuzunaga, and the diminutive digital unit gets its due on Shanghai. The fabric—a Ligne Roset exclusive—graces the iconic pleats and folds of Michel Ducaroy’s iconic 1970s piece, Togo.
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Designers El-Oulhani, Garzon, and Sionis were inspired by the architectural work of bees, and translated the structure of a honeycomb in their 2008 Fossile bookcase.
Designers El-Oulhani, Garzon, and Sionis were inspired by the architectural work of bees, and translated the structure of a honeycomb in their 2008 Fossile bookcase.
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Quadrifoglio Floorlamp, Sophie Larger, 2009.
Quadrifoglio Floorlamp, Sophie Larger, 2009.
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Rythme Sofa, fabrics by Missoni Home, 2009.
Rythme Sofa, fabrics by Missoni Home, 2009.
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The metal legs of the Axiome Sofa pay subtle homage to Jean Prouvé. Designed by M. Tapinassi and M. Manzoni, 2009.
The metal legs of the Axiome Sofa pay subtle homage to Jean Prouvé. Designed by M. Tapinassi and M. Manzoni, 2009.
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Cancan Floorlamp, Jean-Marc Gady, 2009.
Cancan Floorlamp, Jean-Marc Gady, 2009.
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Part of Roche Bobois eco-themed design, the Saga Sideboard—designed by Christophe Delcourt in 2009—features a cross section of a tree trunk on the side panels.
Part of Roche Bobois eco-themed design, the Saga Sideboard—designed by Christophe Delcourt in 2009—features a cross section of a tree trunk on the side panels.
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Mah Jong Couture Sofa, designed by Hans Hopfer and dressed by Jean Paul Gautier, 2010.
Mah Jong Couture Sofa, designed by Hans Hopfer and dressed by Jean Paul Gautier, 2010.
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Mayflower Armchair, Fabrice Berrux, 2010.
Mayflower Armchair, Fabrice Berrux, 2010.
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A retro advertisement for the Dromedary Sofa, designed by Hans Hopfer in 1974.
A retro advertisement for the Dromedary Sofa, designed by Hans Hopfer in 1974.

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