Known as the enfant terrible of French fashion, Jean Paul Gaultier’s unruly designs, which challenge the status quo, are finding their way into Vancouver’s most chic homes. Gaultier, former creative director at Hermès and designer for an endless list of A-listers, partnered with Roche Bobois, the playful high-end French home decor manufacturer, bringing furniture to life in a whole new way.
Roche Bobois 2015 Summer Collection. Courtesy of Roche Bobois.
Gaultier’s ability to personify his haute couture collections and a pop idol’s outfit mirrors Roche Bobois’ own mission to personalize the home decor experience.
“The theory is that by customization, very seldom will you have the same sofa in the same color in the same city,” says Ray Deleurme, co-owner of Roche Bobois in Vancouver and Calgary. “You may have the same sofa, but one leather has over 100 colors, so the chances of your neighbor having the exact same sofa, same color, is very seldom.”
French designer Jean Paul Gaultier (L) designed the unforgettable mermaid dress for Marion Cotillard (R) at the 80th Academy Awards, giving her enough good luck to win the Oscar that night. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Roche Bobois’ uncanny ability to attract one-of-a-kind designers didn’t start with Gaultier. In 1970, cofounder Philippe Roche met painter/designer Hans Hopfer, who went on to fabricate one of the company’s all-time best-selling lounge chairs, the Mah Jong, a modular sofa that lets you “live at ground level.”