For the last 40 years, many a well-appointed American home has boasted a piece or of Roche Bobois’s chic, contemporary furniture with a distinctly French flair. This fall, to celebrate the company’s four decades in the United States, they’re debuting the Traveler Chair, a new piece (actually two pieces) created by Stephen Burks, the founder of New York–based studio Readymade Projects, in one of the leading industrial designers working today, who has consulted with Aid To Artisans, The Clinton Global Initiative and The Nature Conservancy, to name a few, not to mention collaborated with Moroso and Capellini.
The new chair comes in two iterations, an American version and a European one. For the American chair, Burks used ash and leather straps and covered the frame in over-stuffed cushions. For the European take, Burks opted for leather cords wrapped around a metal frame with leather cushions. While the designs are nearly identical, the varied materials and different treatments for the cushions render them wholly distinct, a concrete representation of the similarities and differences between America and Europe.
Burks intention for the chairs is suggested with their name—the Traveler. With their generous proportions and enveloping natures, he imagines a sitter being transported to different times and places, since they lend themselves so effortlessly to comfortable lounging. It’s coziness also conjures up an architectural feel, allowing sitters to feel as if they’re transported into a new space.
Roche Bobois has even made a fantastic video detailing the making of the chairs. For those of you who love getting behind the scenes, be sure to take a look.