Jean Paul Gaultier's New Collection for Roche Bobois Featured at Kips Bay Decorator Show House
One you enter the townhouse showcasing the 38th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House on the Upper East Side of New York, you can't help but notice the stunning pieces including a striking modular sofa that grace the grand entrance hall. The sofa is unmistakingly Roche Bobois but with a twist. Each of the pieces was designed by Jean Paul Gaultier and part of a collection he exclusively created to commemorate Roche Bobois' 50th anniversary of international design and development. Roche Bobois is the winner of the Luxist Awards' Readers' Choice Award for Best in Furniture.
The Jean Paul Gaultier collection for Roche Bobois includes a bedroom set, sofas, complimentary furniture pieces and accessories. Born in 1952 outside of Paris, Gaultier is an internationally renowned designer and couturier who likes to shake up conventions, redefine classics (as he did most recently for Hermes), and play with opposites.
A centerpiece of the collection is the Mah Jong Couture modular sofa (a portion of which is seen in the image above). The modular composition features hand-made padded cushions, straight and corner backrests. An optional adjustable feature on backrests is available. It is priced at $31,610 for nine elements. Gaultier's hand-trolley mirror, also seen above, features red lacquer and steel tubing. It retails for $2,690. (L. 45 X H. 160 cm.)
Gallery: Jean Paul Gaultier for Roche Bobois
Some of the particularly exclusive pieces include the "Paravent" wardrobe, which comes in a limited edition of only 250 pieces. It is an articulated trunk with wheels, three internal mirrored flaps with a silver anodized faired aluminum structure with chromed angle pieces. It will retail for $16,434. (L. 65 x H. 192 X D. 80.5 cm.) Another limited edition of 250 pieces is the Dizanier, which is a nine drawer tall boy with one folding mirror. It retails for $17,345.
Another unique piece on display at the showhouse is the Ben Hur Armchair. A laminated aluminium structure, it has a fabric upholstered seat (available in green, red or blue velvet). Its retail price is $6,430. (L. 76 X H. 75 X D. 71 cm.)
Not appearing at the 2010 Kips Bay Decorator Show House is the Gaultier-designed Paravent screen bed. It is a stunning piece, with a headboard that is upholstered in fabric. PMMA side panels (available in a choice of Calligraphy, Lace and Sailor patterns). It is an aluminium anodized structure, with a silver finish and chromed angle pieces. Various dimensions are available. The retail price for the Queen size bed is $11,554. (L. 186/410 X H. 147 X D. 210 cm.)
The Jean Paul Gaultier collection for Roche Bobois collection is available in select Roche Bobois showrooms. In the U.S., it can be found at Roche Bobois locations in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. and will launch later this year in Miami and San Francisco.
A portion of the collection can be seen at the 2010 Kips Bay Decorator Show House which runs through November 11th. Hours of operation are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday through Saturday). Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 8:00 pm. On Sundays, the house is open from noon until 5:00 pm. It is located at 106 East 71st Street, between Lexington and Park Avenue in New York. Admission is $30. No entry 30 minutes before closing. The 2010 Kips Bay Decorator Show House supports the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.