French retailer Roche Bobois has been around since the ’60s. Now helmed by creative director Nicolas Roche, the family-owned retailer boasts more than 265 showrooms in over 55 countries. The latest addition to this satellite of showrooms around the globe is its Singapore showroom, which officially opened yesterday.
Located on the ground level of Boon Siew Building along Bukit Timah Road, the 5,300 square-feet showroom is a light-filled space flanked by wall to floor glass windows, enticing passers-by to take a peek at its swanky interiors. Inside, a mirror creates a double exposure that results in the illusion of a bigger showroom.
The light wood flooring complements the greenery outside, evoking a peaceful indoor garden ambience. While the geometric indoor partition creates an open space, the dark walls disappear to leave the eye attracted by the light, creating a certain depth in the showroom. Inside, a mirror creates a double exposure that results in the illusion of a bigger showroom.
The space is home to Roche Bobois’ collections. The retailer is known for its relationships with prestigious fashion houses (namely Jean Paul Gaultier and Missoni Home) and talented designers such as Kenzo Takada, Ora Ito and Marcel Wanders. A collection designed by the latter is a highlight at the new Singapore showroom. Called the Globe Trotter collection, the travel-themed collection boasts the Dutch designer’s signature appeal, characterised by vibrant colours and eclectic imagery that is a testament to his youthful sense of wonder and a wicked streak of humour. “The idea was not to make a chair or table,” Wanders one said of his approach. “But to make a universe.”
The collection ranges from the Wonder Cabinet (S$18,730), a 4-door furniture inspired by collectors of rare objects, to colourful, illustrated hand-tufted rugs (from S$10,980) which pay tribute to Paris, London and Istanbul.