May 5, 2009

Roche Bobois ou non?

Last week I found a sofa for my first client. He's a young bachelor living in a little old bungalow, which is completely empty. He has a bed and a card table. Now he has a sofa. I found this sofa in a vintage/antiquey/refinished furniture shop in his neighborhood. It's a sectional. It's leather. Two things when paired together, I'd usually think are pretty disgusting. But this one looked bachelor like, and manly. It's totally a football watchin', beer drinking, guys chilling out type of sofa. Joey Tribbiani would freak over this sofa. My client loved it. So did my father and my husband. We bought it, the price was ridiculously inexpensive.

We didn't pick it up until the next day. In the mean time, a well known mid-century furniture dealer in the area, came in the shop and admired the sofa. He told the shop owner he believed it to be a vintage Roche Bobois. Well, of course I got so excited hearing this news. What a find! And what a price!! Those words really meant nothing to my client but he thought it sounded pretty chic and fancy, especially when you say, Roche Bobois, in a sorta French accent.

Later that night we'd had quite a few beers at a local bar, and it really sounded fun to brag about the Roche Bobois to all of the other engineer friends we were hanging out with. None of these guys had a clue about furniture, designer furniture, Roche Bobois, or anything of the like. The Roche Bobois developed into a monster. My husband was planning on how to re-sell it for millions! As if?! As far as I was concerned, we'd never sell it, my client needed a sofa, Roche Bobois or not! I think everyone at that bar knew about it, and boy did we laugh and laugh. But I think we jinxed it. When I emailed the folks over at the Roche Bobois of Houston, unfortunately they didn't "recognize" the sofa. Shucks. We almost had it!

Sorry about these bad photos, I'll take some at his house soon!


Meg said...

Good eye, Meg! That is such a guy's sofa; Mat would flip for that(roche bobois or not)!!

from the right bank said...

Hilarious post! I actually have a Roche Bobois coffee table - it's a totally different style - but I have no idea what vintage Roche Bobois looks like . . .

Jessica said...

That looks great! Spacify offers wide range of Leather Sectional Sofa.

Courtney said...

Was this a Maura buy? JJ HATED our sofa when it was delivered to the house in Houston. I mean wouldn't talk to me for a good 10 minutes because he thought it was the ugliest thing he'd ever laid eyes on, LOL. We just got it in the new house in KL and it looks FAB. And I'm still in love with it's comfort level. So I've told J he can't sit on it since he was so ugly to it at first. He's been resorted to the landlord's couch that's as comfortable as a brick. :)

All seriousness, I love this sectional. I think it could look incredible with the right stuff. And I know you'll pull it off just perfectly!

Maxine said...

Can I ask what you paid for the sofa? I am selling one and trying to set a price and I have no idea... Thanks, Maxine

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