As a long-time supporter and collaborator of rising designers and artists, Roche Bobois is honored to debut a one-of-a-kind collaboration with textile artist Qualeasha Wood on the design of a custom BUBBLE sofa, unveiled for the first time at this year’s WSJ. Magazine Innovator Awards, hosted at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on Wednesday, November 2.
The work, titled A Window Seat (but you can sit next to me), aims to step outside traditional narratives to offer new perspectives when reconsidering iconic and innovative designs. Reimagined by Wood, the BUBBLE sofa, one of Roche Bobois’ long-time iconic pieces designed by Sacha Lakic, is woven with a jacquard weave, alpaca yarn, cotton yarn, eco-cotton yarn, and crystal rhinestones.
Qualeasha Wood is a textile artist whose work contemplates realities around black female embodiment that do and might exist. She contemplates ideas such as the body, self-expression, and technology in her practice, all themes expressed in this piece. Textile artist Qualeasha Wood most recently exhibited her work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Louis 200, and an upcoming exhibition at MoMA PS1. Photo credits: Mirra Studios
In honor of the late monsieur Louis Vuitton’s 200th birthday, 200 global creative talents have partnered with his eponymous fashion and luxury goods house to participate in 200 Louis, an open-ended project that asks participants to artistically transform a box with the same dimensions of the original Louis Vuitton trunk. Since August 4, the trunks have been digitized and displayed in celebratory Louis Vuitton boutique windows across the world with new pieces revealed daily.
As a starting point, each creative was provided with a box measuring approximately 19 by 19 by 39 inches (50 by 50 by 100 centimeters), and given complete freedom to transform it however they wished, in whatever medium. The visionaries participating in 200 Louis range from artists to astronauts to paralympic swimmers.
Qualeasha was selected as 1/200 artists for the project where she upholstered one of her signature tapestries onto the trunk as well as embellished with seed beads.