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Furniture May 10, 2023

Roche Bobois: Bombom

Created by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos for Roche Bobois, Bombom is a fun, colourful take on everyday furniture items.


The indoor-outdoor collection, which debuted at a double presentation at the International Furniture Fair in Milan, consists of various multifunctional pieces including sofas, rugs and scatter cushions that are “playful, alluring and optimistic”.

“For the Bombom collection, the main inspiration came from my wall ‘paintings’ – crochet creations that stand out from a frame, almost as a landscape that doesn’t belong on a wall and wants to interact with us,” says Joana.

“When I look at these pieces with their curves and winding lines, I see a series of shapes meant for interiors.”

“I wanted to call on the customers’ creativity. I wanted them to feel free to make their own compositions using the modules and colours. I designed these pieces with the hope that people would make them their own and play with them. But I also wanted to preserve the importance of comfort and a sense of verve and joie de vivre.”

This sense of lighthearted playfulness is exactly why the company chose Joana to design a collection.

“When we approached Joana Vasconcelos to work with Roche Bobois, we had a specific idea in mind,” says Nicolas Roche. 

“Our goal was to offer our clients the chance to bring home a piece of a dream: a creative, flamboyant and delightful collection. An optimistic and quirky version of our French Art de Vivre seen through the eyes of Joana Vasconcelos.”

All in all, Joana designed a series of sofas in bright Crayola colours, inspired by the colourful facades in her hometown of Lisbon, with a thick black band that can be combined at will to express individual creativity. The sofas also have loose, interchangeable cushions to make them even more customisable. 

To complement the sofas, she also designed two cocktail tables and a small range of home accessories, including vases.

Joana also produced four artworks which were used for the designs of the rugs in the collection, as well as original art which was printed and embroidered on a range of scatter cushions.


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