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

Cos Zicarelli is a visual artist whose body of work is considered dark and deviant. Despite that, each and every one of his creations commands attention unlike any other. His paintings will make one look—and take a long, hard look—and appreciate the thought and creative process that went through behind them.

His design process isn’t one to stick to a formula—sometimes, he says, the visuals come first then the idea next. “I get ideas from music, and dark, cultural, worldwide events,” Cos tells Metro.Style.


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Fairy dust, Wonder dust, Graphite dust

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Cos, who’s primarily known for his black and white artworks, further explains, “I'm more interested in putting a less chaotic line between the subculture scene and the idea of using reality as fictional tools, or vice versa.”

He typically uses charcoal or graphite materials for his canvas, which give his final outputs a monochromatic feel. So, for his collaboration with French furniture brand Roche Bobois, he applies the same dark and mysterious mood and feel to the iconic Mah Jong sofa. The result of which is an iconic chair of otherworldly beauty. 


Photo from Metro Society


"I decided to do this dusty kind of approach to it. I had to paint like three or four layers of paint over it, like different materials. It’s like something you use way back in kindergarten. The first material you use is pencil. So, I kind of adopted that idea of the first material I used. Adopting the material in the Roche Bobois couch, I kind of wanted to keep it minimal in a way," Cos shares.

Watch Cos talk more about his art and his creation for Roche Bobois in this video below:




Save the date for “Interactions,” Roche Bobois Manila’s Mah Jong exhibition launch on September 19 at Whitespace in Pasong Tamo (Chino Roces Ave.) Extension, Makati. The Roche Bobois Philippines showroom is located at 2100 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City and is open daily from 10 AM to 7 PM. For inquiries, call (+632) 5198240 or visit


Produced by Joan Ko

Videography by Deiniel Cuvin

Video editing by Jason Roque