Roche Bobois Mah Jong Sofa

Roche Bobois Mah Jong Sofa

WORDS Tracy Greenwood Avant-garde when it was first created, the Roche Bobois Mah Jong modular sofa has become a modern icon. The modular Mah Jong seating concept, designed by Hans Hopfer back in 1971, is still utterly relevant today. Allowing freedom of function and form, Mah Jong consists of three basic elements that can be set at angles or overlaid, allowing a number of compositions, including an armchair, a sofa, a lounge chair and even a daybed. “Each element is hand-made in a dedicated workshop in Italy using processes and techniques similar to those of the haute couture fashion industry,” says Charlotte Bermond of Roche Bobois in Cape Town. “Each component is hand-stitched using a method similar to that of mattress-making, and great attention is paid to detailing. “By virtue of the exclusive fabrics used to upholster it and the unique nature of each composition, every Mah Jong composition becomes a one-of-a-kind creation.”
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Roche Bobois Mah Jong Sofa

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Roche Bobois Mah Jong Sofa

Roche Bobois. Celebrating French art de vivre around the worldRoche Bobois is a world leader in furniture design and distribution. Working closely with renowned designers such as Ora Ito, Cédric Ragot, Sacha Lakic, Christophe Delcourt and Stephen Burks and with Haute Couture fashion houses such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Missoni Home and Christian Lacroix Maison, Roche Bobois offers a broad range of exclusive made-to-order designs, manufactured with a high level of customisation in small European workshops. Browse our full collection of premium-quality furniture, including sofas, armchairs, cocktail tables, dining chairs, sideboards, beds, wardrobes, storage and accessories including lighting, cushions and rugs on roche-bobois.com or in any of our 250 showrooms around the world.
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Roche Bobois Mah Jong Sofa

The Mah Jong was created to provide freedom of form and function. By encouraging people to arrange the elements to what suits them best, the Mah Jong can change the landscape of a living room, offering a whole new approach to the way we view and arrange the spaces in which we live. The composition choices are limitless, giving one the opportunity to completely reorganise one’s living space, thereby redefining the original meaning of the term “sofa”. The 3 basic elements of the Mah Jong can be combined, aligned with each other and grouped as one wishes. Seat cushion, straight back or corner, one can play with shape and the height to create the desired composition: corner sofa, straight sofa, armless sofa or day bed.
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Roche Bobois Mah Jong Sofa

Casual comfort with quite an expressive style. The Mah Jong Modular Sofa by Roche Bobois is loud and attention-grabbing – yet, it is also perfectly flexible to accommodate your definition of a comfortable living room. These sofas are low to the ground, are great for lounging and entertaining, and don’t take up half of the living space as traditional sofas do. The quilted seats with hand-sewn rolled edge add that extra detail of cosiness….. not to mention the spectacular colour choices! Mix and match the colours and various patterns to create your own individual style. Who needs accessories when you have sofa units that are this attractive and exhibit such a flamboyant charm? No matter how you choose to integrate this Roche Bobois creation into your home, you will find it versatile and inviting, and is sure to become the topic of conversation with your guests.
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Roche Bobois Mah Jong Sofa

Over the years, Roche Bobois has called upon talented designers to “dress” special editions of the Mah Jong. Each of these unique collaborators has managed to highlight a new, captivating and surprising facet of the Mah Jong without changing its core design.
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Roche Bobois Mah Jong Sofa

Roche Bobois is a world leader in furniture design and distribution. Working closely with renowned designers such as Ora Ito, Cédric Ragot, Sacha Lakic, Christophe Delcourt and Stephen Burks and with Haute Couture fashion houses such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Missoni Home and Christian Lacroix Maison, Roche Bobois offers a broad range of exclusive made-to-order designs, manufactured with a high level of customisation in small European workshops. Browse our full collection of premium-quality furniture, including sofas, armchairs, cocktail tables, dining chairs, sideboards, beds, wardrobes, storage and accessories including lighting, cushions and rugs on roche-bobois.com or in any of our 250 showrooms around the world.
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Roche Bobois Mah Jong Sofa

In 1970 Philippe Roche and colleagues meet designer Hans Hopfer while on a trip to Germany. The latter’s design for a sofa that allows you to ‘live at ground level’, initially named ‘Lounge’, has, under its newer name ‘Mah Jong’, been Roche Bobois’s best-selling sofa design since 1990.
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Orignally designed by Hans Hoper in 1971, Roche Bobois’ Mah Jong range has three basic elements that can be stacked, aligned with each other and grouped in different ways allowing for a variety of layouts. The sofa can be used as an armchair, sofa, lounge chair or bed.
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The modular Mah Jong seating concept, designed by Hans Hopfer back in 1971, is still utterly relevant today. Allowing freedom of function and form, Mah Jong consists of three basic elements that can be set at angles or overlaid, allowing a number of compositions, including an armchair, a sofa, a lounge chair and even a daybed.
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Hans Hopfer In the 1970s Hans Hopfer created the Mah Jong lounge sofa, Roche Bobois’s most recognised and iconic design. The freedom of form that this fully modular low seating system allows broke the design mould and encouraged a completely new way of organising living spaces. Upholstered in simple plain fabrics at the beginning, today it is ‘dressed’ by some of the world’s finest couturiers. Find out more
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In the 1970s Hans Hopfer created the Mah Jong lounge sofa, Roche Bobois’s most recognised and iconic design. The freedom of form that this fully modular low seating system allows broke the design mould and encouraged a completely new way of organising living spaces. Upholstered in simple plain fabrics at the beginning, today it is ‘dressed’ by some of the world’s finest couturiers. Find out more
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That is the Mah Jong modular sofa by Roche Bobois. There are several other component pieces that aren’t used here, so you can create an endless variety of configurations, colors and fabrics.
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The iconic Mah Jong sofa has been a staple for French furniture brand Roche Bobois since it was introduced in the 1970s by designer Hans Hopfer. Over the years, the mattress-like seating has been refreshed by the likes of Missoni Home, Jean Paul Gaultier, Sonia Rykiel Maison, and now by fashion designer Mimi Plange. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, covered in one of six custom fabrics by Plange featuring her signature modern takes on traditional African designs.
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In the 1970s Hans Hopfer created the Mah Jong lounge sofa, Roche Bobois’s most recognised and iconic design. The freedom of form that this fully modular low seating system allows broke the design mould and encouraged a completely new way of organising living spaces. Upholstered in simple plain fabrics at the beginning, today it is ‘dressed’ by some of the world’s finest couturiers.
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Missoni Home is Italian fashion at its most elegant and exuberant expression. Their iconic chevron stripes, refined fabrics, floral and graphic patterns give the Mah Jong a fresh new look.

The French fashion designer has placed his creative stamp on the Mah Jong, “dressing” the design in both his iconic striped sailor-style costume and tattooing the poetic and graphic motifs of his Haute Couture fashion. His creativity, elegance and sophistication break the rules of traditional style.
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2012 is the year of international growth: for the first time in its history, Roche Bobois reports more than 50% of turnover achieved abroad, notably in North America. Having been present in this region since 1974, the North America network becomes the second largest with the New York Madison store becoming the most important in the world in terms of sales.
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“Each element is hand-made in a dedicated workshop in Italy using processes and techniques similar to those of the haute couture fashion industry,” says Charlotte Bermond of Roche Bobois in Cape Town. “Each component is hand-stitched using a method similar to that of mattress-making, and great attention is paid to detailing.
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In 1950, having become acquainted at the Copenhagen Furniture Fair, Philippe and François Roche, and Jean-Claude and Patrick Chouchan, joined forces to import Scandinavian furniture to Paris. Soon after, they added Scandinavian giftware, such as textiles, tableware, tapestries, to their furniture ranges. Known as ‘complementary objects’, these accessories were sold in adjoining boutiques.