Fifty years after his death, Jean Cocteau is still remembered as an iconic writer, film director, designer and artist (he even illustrated Harper's BAZAAR covers in the 1930s and 40s.) Together with the Jean Cocteau Committee, French home luxury design firm Roche Bobois has now created a collection inspired by Cocteau's artistry.
and the Jean Cocteau Committee, which protects and promotes Jean Cocteau's body of work in France and internationally, shared the collaboration process equally and were immediately in agreement over two concepts.
"The first was the idea to create re-editions of Jean Cocteau's ceramic pieces," said Gilles Bonan, CEO of Roche Bobois. "They were created the same way Jean Cocteau made them, aside from a small difference in the manufacturing process." The only difference is that the ceramics are now engraved before the baking process for longevity.
The other idea was to apply Cocteau's work to a medium he had never used before – textiles. Illustrations, poetry and film references by Jean Cocteau were specifically adapted for Roche Bobois' line of elegant furnishings. Bonan noted that Pierre Berge, President of the Jean Cocteau Committee, loved this idea the most, as "it allowed Cocteau's art to live on through an entirely new interpretation."
Dishware, pillows, linens, rugs, lamps and ottomans feature Cocteau's poetry scrawled across them in hand-written text, and silhouettes of his infamous faces and eyes cover decadent cushions while embroidered wings span across table lamps. The star pieces of the collection, the ceramic plates, cups and dishes engraved with colorful lines and geometric shapes are limited edition of 1000 pieces each. Bring a piece of Jean Cocteau as re-imagined by Roche Bobois into your home starting Dec. 1.