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Roche Bobois Collaborates With 10 Filipino Designers & Artists—See Their Versions Of The Mah Jong Sofa

Luxury furniture brand Roche Bobois hosted an event called "Interactions" at the White Space in Makati City yesterday. The brand's iconic Mah Jong sofa, which was created in 1971 by painter, sculptor, and designer Hans Hopfer, was the star of the event.

The event featured the 10 unique versions of Filipino designers and artists on the iconic Mah Jong sofa. Each designer had a unique take on the piece of furniture, and ended up creating artistic pieces that were auctioned off at the event to benefit charities selected by the collaborators themselves.

 

READ: Icons Reimagine An Icon: "Interactions" By Roche Bobois Manila Features A Collaboration With 10 Creative Filipinos

 

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Meet the creative minds behind Roche Bobois "Interactions." ???? • Tonight at @rocheboboisph's "Interactions" Auction Exhibition. ???? The luxury furniture brand collaborated this year with 10 creative Filipinos distinguished in their fields, each creating their own iteration of the brand's iconic, stylish Maj Jong Sofa: Bobby Mañosa, Ed Calma, Bea Valdes, Vito Selma, Paloma Urquijo-Zobel, Chat Fores, Jojo Lofranco, Geraldine Javier, Cos Zicarelli, and Nikki Luna. • Eugene Lorenzana, managing director of Roche Bobois Philippines, explained: "We wanted to have a diverse mix of collaborators so we selected first based on the field of expertise-architecture, interior design, art, fashion, and industrial design. Then we selected based on their achievements and how each has contributed to art, culture, and even commerce. With their talent, passion, and individualism, all 10 collaborators reflect the spirit of the Mah Jong." Hence, this collaboration truly is a display of Filipino culture and ingenuity to the world of design. • There simply is no piece of Roche Bobois furniture that is more adaptable than the Mah Jong Sofa. Created in 1971 by Hans Hopfer with the goal to provide total freedom and form, this iconic signature piece has been "dressed" by prominent fashion houses such as Missoni Home, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Kenzo Takada. • In "Interactions," each collaborator and artist created just one Mah Jong sofa, and pieces were auctioned off at the Mah Jong exhibition launch tonight at Whitespace Manila. A great success, each piece will truly be prized pieces in any home. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will be going to the artists' chosen charities, including the main beneficiary Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Philippines Foundation, Inc. PAWS, Tukod Foundation, and AHA Learning Center. . . . #RocheBobois #Interactions #Exhibit #MahJongSofa #Artists #Creatives #Benefit #Cause #creative #artist #furniture #design #interiors #furniturepiece #iconic #presentation #auction #designers #designer #charity #goodcause #tonight

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Scenes from tonight's "Interactions" Auction Exhibition. ?? • The luxury furniture brand collaborated this year with 10 creative Filipinos distinguished in their fields, each creating their own iteration of the brand's iconic, stylish Maj Jong Sofa: Bobby Mañosa, Ed Calma, Bea Valdes, Vito Selma, Paloma Urquijo-Zobel, Chat Fores, Jojo Lofranco, Geraldine Javier, Cos Zicarelli, and Nikki Luna. • Eugene Lorenzana, managing director of Roche Bobois Philippines, explained: "We wanted to have a diverse mix of collaborators so we selected first based on the field of expertise-architecture, interior design, art, fashion, and industrial design. Then we selected based on their achievements and how each has contributed to art, culture, and even commerce. With their talent, passion, and individualism, all 10 collaborators reflect the spirit of the Mah Jong." Hence, this collaboration truly is a display of Filipino culture and ingenuity to the world of design. • There simply is no piece of Roche Bobois furniture that is more adaptable than the Mah Jong Sofa. Created in 1971 by Hans Hopfer with the goal to provide total freedom and form, this iconic signature piece has been "dressed" by prominent fashion houses such as Missoni Home, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Kenzo Takada. • In "Interactions," each collaborator and artist created just one Mah Jong sofa, and pieces were auctioned off at the Mah Jong exhibition launch tonight at Whitespace Manila. A great success, each piece will truly be prized pieces in any home. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will be going to the artists' chosen charities, including the main beneficiary Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Philippines Foundation, Inc. PAWS, Tukod Foundation, and AHA Learning Center. . . . #RocheBobois #Interactions #Exhibit #MahJongSofa #Artists #Creatives #Benefit #Cause #creative #artist #furniture #design #interiors #furniturepiece #iconic #presentation #auction #designers #designer #charity #goodcause #tonight #scenes #event #exhibition #social #socials

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Managing Directors of Roche Bobois Philippines, George and Eugene Lorenzana, showed us the 10 unique creations by the following: Architects Bobby Mañosa and Ed Calma, jewelry and bag designer Bea Valdes, furniture designer Vito Selma, Piopio founder Paloma Urquijo-Zobel, interior designer Chat Fores, and artists Geraldine Javier, Cos Zicarelli, Jojo Lofranco, and Nikki Luna.

“It is our first time to do an event like this for Roche Bobois, and we have chosen 10 movers and trendsetters who are distinguished in their own fields to collaborate and have their own take on the iconic Mah Jong sofa," says Eugene Lorenzana.

 

 

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Architect Bobby Mañosa’s version features diverse indigenous weaving traditions. He used a woven laminated rattan base with seat and backrest of the sofa that used yakan bunga pattern from Mindanao.

 

 

READ: Roche Bobois x Architect Ed Calma: An Understated Design For The Iconic Mah Jong Sofa

 

Architect Ed Calma’s creation is understated yet elegant. He created a sofa that ended up having an armor of sorts, like an armadillo. It was a new way of upholstering a piece of furniture for him.

 

 

READ: Roche Bobois x Furniture Designer Vito Selma: The Iconic Mah Jong Sofa Gets A Jeepney-Inspired Makeover

 

Furniture designer Vito Selma was inspired by the Filipino transportation culture and created a white version of the sofa with wooden beads in gradient brown tones.

 

 

READ: Roche Bobois x Jewelry Designer Bea Valdes: An Intricately Embroidered, Denim Mah Jong Sofa

 

World-class jewelry designer Bea Valdes created a fashionable version. “We have rendered a piece that recalls vintage travel posters, but done with our version of embroidery and fabric manipulation using denim and chambray, to keep the playful and casual aspects of the Mah Jong sofa. The appliques are made by hand with hand-embroidered detailing," says Bea.

 

 

READ: Roche Bobois x Interior Designer Chat Fores: A Bold, Japanese-Inspired Take On The Iconic Mah Jong Sofa

 

Interior designer Chat Fores’ version is meaningful and close to her heart. Using her mom’s old obis (sashes) from Japan, she made a colorful and oriental-inspired sofa.

 

 

READ: Roche Bobois x Piopio Founder Paloma Urquijo-Zobel: An Iconic Mah Jong Sofa In Inabel

 

Fashion designer Paloma Urquijo-Zobel created a vibrant rendition using bright-colored handwoven materials which pay homage to the weavers of Ilocos.

 

 

Contemporary visual artist Geraldine Javier’s creation is quirky. Using stained fabric, she created shapes on the sofa's fabric based on the poses taken by her dog.

 

 

READ: Roche Bobois x Visual Artist Cos Zicarelli: The Iconic Mah Jong Sofa Gets "A Dusty Approach"

 

Visual artist Cos Zicarelli had a dusty approach since he used three or four layers of paint over it, to create a black Mah Jong sofa.

 

 

READ: Roche Bobois x Artist Nikki Luna: Artistic Feminism Meets The Iconic Mah Jong Sofa

 

Artist and feminist Nikki Luna made a strong statement against violence since her version included a lighted signage that says “Dangerous times” on the backrest of the white sofa.

 

 

 

Jojo Lofranco’s version is eye-catching. He blended sculptural form and painting together with his version.

 

 

“'Interactions' is like the DNA of Roche Bobois. Our products become unique through our collaborations with designers. Working and collaborating with Filipino designers and artists by letting them play with our iconic Mah Jong sofa opens our minds," says Julien Salmon, Asia Commercial Director for Roche Bobois.