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Mah Jong: an icon

September 2018

Mah Jong: an icon

Mah Jong: an icon

Painter, sculptor, designer...
Hans Hopfer has designed sofas which are widely regarded as  iconic pieces of the Roche Bobois collections.

Since the 1970s, his innovative and uninhibited approach to comfort has had a far-reaching influence on interior design and the way we furnish our living rooms.

In 1971, he created the MAH JONG, a sofa based on total freedom of function and form.

The composition options are almost limitless, providing people with endless opportunities to reorganise their living space. One can experiment with the height and even convert its form from simple family sofa into daybed, lounge sofa for entertaining, guestbed..

The MAH JONG is handmade in a specialist artisan workshop in Italy using processes and techniques similar to those of the haute couture fashion industry. Designed rather like a mattress, each component is unique and hand-stitched.

Avant-garde when first created and still iconic today, the Mah Jong has been dressed by Kenzo Takada, Missoni Home and Jean Paul Gaultier  and its free form seating has long been the role model for modular creative design.