Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Taking a Seat with Jean Paul Gaultier

While we are all used to seeing Jean Paul Gaultier’s iconic looks strutting down the runway, into people’s closets, now we are seeing some his iconic trademarks marching their way into client’s living rooms and bedrooms!

Gaultier has been busy this year translating his distinctive, iconic, daring brand of fashion into interior decoration and furniture with the help of upscale furniture retailer Roche Bobois. The furniture outfit enlisted the infamous fashion designer to create the new pieces, called Jean Paul Gaultier Pour Roche Bobois Paris, to commemorate its golden 50th anniversary.

For the fashionista and interior designer that is lurking within all of us this is a match made in heaven. This eclectic, contemporary and curious collection, mixes some of the iconic trademarks of Gaultier, such as, stripes, vibrant colours and patterns in a chic aesthetic that is perfect is perfect to mix and match, just like his fashion.

Gaultier has proved his distinctive vision with his own designs as well as some reworking and dressing up of some classics which he has reinterpreted. The visually stunning array of items embodies the designer’s unique fashion ID (marine prints and tattoos) as a modern and high fashion approach to iconic concepts, such as the Mah Jong modular sofa.

Designed by Hans Hopfer in 1971, this unique piece of furniture still represents one of the most distinctive and most wanted exponents of Roche Bobois portfolio. Gaultier paid tribute to the Mah Jong’s designer by keeping its modular seating shape while creatively updating the look with upholsteries featuring typical prints: marine stripes, calligraphy, tattoo patterns, glamorous celluloid kissing, pop culture iconography and red pom-poms.

The highlights of the collection also included the Paravent Bed, a distinctive furnishing featuring avant-garde upholstered headboard, chic silver and chromed finish and a pink silk bedding complemented with a fold-out paravent wardrobe.
Is this something you could see yourself taking inspiration from for your own slice of Parisian Chic in your living room?


  1. Oh the Mah Jong reminds me of 1001 Nights. When I get my beach front house in the now liberated Libya, I'm going to buy them for my living room!

  2. I like the more classic designs- stripes, vibrant colors, yes! The patterns- not so much. You really write well- I enjoyed your post.

  3. "Sigh" What is your prize David for guessing it was the panther hat? Hmm, can you imagine owning all this? I would be afraid to touch anything because it might get ruined... I love it all though. Parisian chic all the way baby!


  4. Hello David:
    These items really represents the cutting edge of interior design which, we are confident, will become classics in their own right within a short period of time.

  5. I was thinking on how much fun has he to have doing all these things. It has to be a feast of the senses, and more too!

  6. I love the low seating of the modular sofas, and whats funny is this style of seating was EVERYWHERE in Egypt, every restaurant we went to! Neat to see how other cultures influence designers.
    Nancy xo

  7. Gaultier is so talented, unique.
    It's really Parisian chic. The colors are great.
    Nice post as always.

  8. Amazing! I would so love having some of the pieces for my home (only I should first get a home). Gaultier has so much personality - and it shows in this new interior decoration and furniture line!

    Pop Culture&Fashion Magic

  9. I really like the modular sofa better as stand-alone "chairs" — very tailored and still fun.

  10. Great post and awesome pics. I like JPG's work very much.
    Interesting blog.

  11. love, love love. could seriously do with a set of his mah jong pieces. he has a great way with print and colour, homewares is a pretty cool direction to take it i think.

  12. amazing designs. jean paul gaultier has amazing frangrances, and now i find out that he's got amazing home designs as well! i love how more and more fashion designers are creating furniture and decor.

    Costin M.

  13. ah, that rug with the red circular corners!

  14. I would love me some Jean Paul Gaultier's pieces! A pillow would do just fine! He is brave in his design choices and that is always admirable. Have a great weekend David! xoxo

  15. Great photos!!

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