The French furniture company, Roche Bobois has been celebrating its first 50 years at various outposts around the world. A fascinating retrospective in London was testament to Roche Bobois’ uncanny knack of creating contemporary furniture that will stand the test of time. Even items no longer in production such as the fantastic fibreglass Ozoo desk designed in 1972 by Marc Berthier, looked as dazzingly up-to-the-minute as anything on the aisles of this year’s Milan Furniture Fair. So, too, did the iconic Mah Jong, shown above, that was designed the year before by Hans Hopfer. An ingenious system of modular seating, it has succeeded in eloquently demonstrating two stylistic points; one is that glorious colour and pattern are as relevant to contemporary furniture as the standard issue grey, taupe and black, so beloved by modernist furniture designers. The other is that not all modular seating needs to look like it was designed for the departure lounge of Luton airport.

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