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Roche Bobois

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In 1974, Roche Bobois opened its first showroom in the United States on Madison Avenue in New York City. The celebrated luxury French furniture brand is now in 50 countries with more than 200 stores.

The Roche Bobois story has origins in 1950, when entrepreneur Jacques Roche converted an old Paris theater into two contemporary furniture boutiques so that his sons could help usher stunning Bauhaus-inspired work out of the shops and into French homes nearby.

At another showroom called Au Beau Bois, also in the French capital city, the Chouchan family was simultaneously selling home furnishings. The families met later, when Philippe and François Roche convened with Patrick and Jean-Claude Chouchan at a furniture exhibition in Copenhagen in 1960 and afterward produced a catalog announcing their partnership.

Minimal and modernist Scandinavian design had gained prominence in the furniture industry by 1960, rendering designers such as Kaare Klint and Poul Henningsen marquee names — and Roche Bobois's principals had taken notice. Following a national advertising campaign in Elle magazine a year later, the Scandinavian furniture that the newly minted Roche Bobois was importing to Paris became a huge success. Early promotional material from the firm likely included the sleek modular wall units crafted in rosewood by Danish furniture maker Poul Cadovius. It didn’t take long for Roche Bobois to shift toward producing its own contemporary furniture line.

When the popularity of cable television took hold in more major American cities during the 1970s, sofas and other seating became integral to contemporary living-room decor. Roche Bobois’s newly launched Les Contemporains series positioned its own sofas front and center, and it also offered plush lounge chairs designed by Mario Bellini.

Bold works from the company during the decade included Marc Berthier’s Pop Art–colored tubular metal desks and chairs — the latter covered with braided fabric — as well as one of Roche Bobois’s most enduring and well-known pieces, the Mah Jong sectional sofa created by sculptor, painter and designer Hans Hopfer. Anchored by few central elements, this modular lounge sofa can be combined or stacked, giving the buyer total freedom over its appearance and the ability to maximize comfort.

Since its inception, Roche Bobois has worked with many internationally renowned architects and designers on its collections, among them Paola Navone and Vladimir Kagan. Even fashion designers such as Missoni and Emanuel Ungaro have made contributions to the company’s lineup.

In 2010, Roche Bobois marked its 50-year anniversary by debuting a partnership with French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. A decade later, Roche Bobois teamed up with Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, who designed a collection of organically shaped sofas as well as vibrant, colorful accent pillows and rugs.

Roche Bobois’s offerings over the years have included everything from mid-century modern armchairs to Art Deco case pieces to sculptural outdoor cocktail tables framed in metal wire — shop these classics now on 1stDibs.

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Roche Bobois furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Roche Bobois furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of fabric and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Roche Bobois furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Roche Bobois were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Michel Ducaroy, Ligne Roset, and Charles Dudouyt. Prices for Roche Bobois furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $500 and can go as high as $61,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,477.
Questions About Roche Bobois
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Roche Bobois makes furniture in several different locations. Most pieces come from factories located in Italy, France and Portugal, but the brand does occasionally work with manufacturers in other Western European countries. You'll find a selection of Roche Bobois furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    No individual person or corporation owns Roche Bobois. The company is public and traded on the Euronext Paris exchange under the initials RBO. As a result, shareholders claim ownership of the company. On 1stDibs, find a variety of Roche Bobois furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Roche Bobois is a manufacturer of luxury furniture founded in 1960. The company operates from headquarters in Paris, France, and runs showroom locations around the world. Sofas, lighting and decorative accessories are among the brand's most acclaimed items. Shop a range of Roche Bobois on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To pronounce Roche Bobois, say "Rowsh bow-BWAA." The furniture brand's name pays tribute to the two families who founded it. "Roche" is the surname of the Roche family. "Bobois" comes from "Au Beau Bois," the name of the first furniture shop run by the Chouchan family. Shop a collection of Roche Bobois on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    You can buy Roche Bobois in a number of ways. One option is to buy directly from the brand by visiting one of their showrooms. Although you can browse the company's entire collection on their official website, Roche Bobois does not sell furniture online. Some reputable online platforms do carry the brand. You'll find a variety of Roche Bobois furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 16, 2024
    Roche Bobois is famous for producing luxury furniture. During the 1960s, the furniture maker became well known for pieces that captured the essence of minimal and modernist Scandinavian design. The brand is also famous for its collaborations. Since its inception, Roche Bobois has worked with many internationally renowned architects and designers on its collections, among them Paola Navone and Vladimir Kagan, as well as fashion designers such as Missoni and Emanuel Ungaro. Find a selection of Roche Bobois furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To properly clean a Roche Bobois sofa, follow the care instructions provided with the piece. The brand produces a cleaning product for their leather sofas and provides a bottle at the time of purchase. You can buy more directly from the brand. Find a variety of Roche Bobois sofas on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Roche Bobois does have sales. Specifically, the luxury furniture manufacturer usually discounts items twice per year in the winter and spring. Throughout the year, you may find their pieces available for reduced prices on some reputable online platforms, as well. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Roche Bobois.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    A Roche Bobois Edito chair is a signature upholstered armchair created by the French furniture company Roche Bobois. The piece has a minimalist modern aesthetic with a barrel back and understated sloping arms. It comes in a variety of colors. You'll find a range of Roche Bobois chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 16, 2024
    Yes, Roche Bobois is a luxury brand. Since its founding, Roche Bobois has worked with many internationally renowned architects and designers on its collections, including Paola Navone and Vladimir Kagan, as well as fashion designers such as Missoni and Emanuel Ungaro. The company is known for its use of premium materials and for the superior craftsmanship that has long characterized its furnishings. Explore a diverse assortment of Roche Bobois furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    A Roche Bobois sectional sofa normally does not require much assembly beyond fitting the frames of the individual pieces together. The procedure to follow varies. Consult the instructions provided with the sectional or contact the company for advice. You'll find a variety of Roche Bobois sectionals on 1stDibs.

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