Gaultier Partners with Roche Bobois on Stylish Furniture

  • Jorge Arango

The latest and arguably most outré cross-pollination between the worlds of fashion and home decor is a new furniture collection designed by Parisian couturier and enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier for the famed French furniture manufacturer Roche Bobois. On the occasion of Roche Bobois’ 50th anniversary, Gaultier is up to his usual mischief, producing tongue-in-cheek Ben-Hur armchairs on wheels ($6,430) and cheval mirrors on hand trucks (Diables Trolley mirrors, $2,690). The collection includes more serious-minded furnishings as well, such as the nine-drawer Dizainier tallboy dresser ($17,345) and storage unit (about $13,000), both clad in leather and produced in limited editions of 250 each. A bed on wheels ($11,554) can be closed around you for more privacy. There are also throw pillows, rugs featuring Gaultier’s signature blue-and-white sailor stripes, and the Roche Bobois Mah Jong sofa ($31,610), originally designed by Hans Hopfer in 1971, which the fashion designer has upholstered in typically theatrical fabrics: more sailor stripes, pleasure-garden florals, a silver-screen kiss, and negligee-like black lace.  It’s quite hip and, of course, exquisitely tailored. (212.889.0700, www.roche-bobois.com)

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