25 April 2016
Hans Hopfer designed the sofas Mah Jong for Roche Bobois France.
Painter, sculptor, designer Hans Hopfer designed sofas that are, for many, the indisputable “signature” of Roche Bobois’ collections.
In the 1970s, Hopfer’s innovative and informal approach to comfort had a profound influence on the way people furnished and arranged their living space.
In 1971 he created the Mah Jong, a sofa based on the total freedom of function and form. From a starting point of three basic elements that can be set at angles or overlaid, the Mah Jong allows limitless options of composition.
It can be armchair, sofa, lounge chair or bed; a space in which to rest, to play or to lounge. It encourages experimentation and breaks the rules of formal living, reflecting the nonconformist era in which it was born. Avant-garde when first created, iconic today, “dressed” by Missoni Home, Jean Paul Gaultier and Sonia Rykiel Maison. This “free form” modular seating is the reference point for fully modular creative design.
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