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Think of creating your own version of these gorgeous Roche Bobois design classics …

As we begin to look forward to all the special new-season aspects of autumn, our thoughts turn to our homes, to updating our wardrobes and to creating more comfort in the spaces in which we live. If ever there was a time for new initiatives for our interiors, it is now. We know we will be spending more time living, dining and entertaining family and friends. Over the past months, we have come to appreciate the benefits of cocooning. We want to live with furniture that delights as well as delivers in terms of functionality. We like the freedom of creating our own individual look. We aren’t in the mood for fleeting trends or throwaway purchases. We want to consider our planet and invest in pieces that will stand the test of time.

While we imagine that there’s a perfect solution to creating the perfect space, we also know that searching for a glamorous table, armchair or sofa to fit a specific space can prove fruitless, no matter how clued in or up to speed we are with what’s going on in the design world. It’s a challenge to pin down what will work best. But that’s where our favourite luxury furniture retailer Roche Bobois comes in. Each Roche Bobois piece has its own unique personality with the expertise of a designer behind it, poised to be combined with your own style and creativity. Whether you prefer a subtle customisation or a complete one, Roche Bobois’s choice of shapes, colours, fabrics, sizes, leathers, woods and finishes make each furniture piece unique, exclusive and truly designed for you.

Take for instance the gorgeous modular, low-slung Mah Jong sofa. First designed in 1971 by Hans Hopfer, it consists of three elements that can be combined or stacked, aligned or re-grouped as a corner sofa, a straight sofa or a sofa daybed to suit your space. You can change the landscape of your living room by just reimagining the layout of your Mah Jong. Its total freedom of form includes multiple fabric choices and patterns by designers like Missoni, Jean Paul Gaultier and Kenzo Takada. Experimentation is positively encouraged!

As we all contemplate investing in new pieces for autumn, we are also conscious of doing the right thing in terms of choosing wisely – what will we want to live with for a long time? What can we select that is made conscientiously with our environment in mind? Roche Bobois furniture is sustainable, exclusively manufactured in Europe, and respectful of materials and of the environment. Having made a bid to minimise the environmental impact of production, Roche Bobois has reduced the number of new collections and are instead prioritising the reinterpretation of existing pieces that have become design classics.

One of the most iconic sustainably-produced Roche Bobois classics is the simple and beautiful eco-designed Ava chair. Designer Song Wen Zhong created the original Ava in transparent polycarbonate using injection moulding. It’s light and stackable and can be made in an array of materials, colours and finishes, transparent or opaque. The perfect occasional chair to place anywhere in a living room or bedroom or study, it is also a brilliant dining chair being both comfortable and easy to move around however restricted your space, and it looks great in both classic and contemporary settings.

As Roche Bobois looks for ways to reduce its environmental impact, it also always seeks to provide new inspiration. Working with different designers ensures that creativity is always high on the agenda. One standout piece that embraces the new desire for softness, is the Bubble Sofa and Ottoman, designed by Sacha Lakic. Its unexpected shape – aerodynamic, curvy and cocooning – was inspired by the designer’s love of luxury cars. While the Bubble is soft and plush (a great antidote to the hard lines of a contemporary interior) its development required that a unique fabric be created specially to mould with the Bubble’s complex shape. The Techno 3D fabric can be stretched in three directions with another layer of soft honeycomb wool on top. The Bubble Sofa and Ottoman’s playful lines evoke a cloud of bubbles and its organic form adds lightness and elegance to any space.

Also designed by Sacha Lakic is the amazing Speed Up Buffet – yes, another showstopping piece inspired by Lakic’s love for luxury cars. Made in high-gloss Dacquaryl, the Speed Up Buffet is a perfect example of the designer’s affinity for dynamic use of materials and comes in a wide range of gorgeous colours. Its lacquered reflective surfaces and streamlined shape make it a fluid and elegant sideboard. It also offers brilliantly designed storage – exactly what you want from a piece like this.

While we all love a standout piece, what of the hardworking yet so hard-to-find perfect occasional table? Roche Bobois have this angle covered with the sleek, enamelled ceramic Radian side table designed by the late Cedric Ragot. From the beginning of his collaboration with Roche Bobois in 2005, Ragot brought boundless creativity and a sense of innovation often combining biomorphic forms of inspiration and technologically advanced materials. The Radian combines two very different concepts, the Corinthian column and a mechanical rotor element. The perfect table for any room in your home, it comes in 23 colours.

Roche Bobois showroom advisors are at your disposal to provide information and advice about the Bubble Sofa and Ottoman or indeed any Roche Bobois designs.? 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 our Dublin showroom at at Roche Bobois, Beacon South Quarter, Carmanhall Road, Dublin 18; 01 653 1650.

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