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For the first time since its 1970s release, Roche Bobois’ iconic Mah Jong takes a trip outdoors.


Zag tables, $1,040-$1,115, by Toni Grilo for Roche Bobois.

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Hans Hopfer’s Mah Jong sofa is now made for outdoor use.

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Valdagno rug, $2,655, by MissoniHome for Roche Bobois.

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A Mah Jong outdoor lounge chair unit.

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Venticano cushion, $165, by MissoniHome for Roche Bobois.

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Mah Jong outdoor modular sofa, price upon request, by Hans Hopfer for Roche Bobois.

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The Mah Jong cushions are upholstered in outdoor fabrics and stitched by hand.

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Doc outdoor pedestal table, $1,010, by Fred Rieffel for Roche Bobois.

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When painter-sculptor-designer Hans Hopfer designed the Mah Jong modular sofa for Roche Bobois in 1971, it was revolutionary. The first-of-its-kind furniture piece allowed for total freedom of function and form, but its versatility stopped at the front door. This season, after 48 years, the Mah Jong gets some fresh air. Ready to weather the elements, the debut outdoor edition of the iconic sectional sits on a metal base lacquered with anti-corrosion coating, and its plush cushions are upholstered in all-weather outdoor fabrics from MissoniHome. Furthering the endless modular combinations that made the original such a success, the new outdoor version features movable tray tables for holding glasses, towels or sunscreen. Sometimes, it’s nice to get out of the house.


Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco 

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