"Everyday life is my main source of inspiration. My works are created from everyday elements and materials. As a woman and a Portuguese, the savoir-faire, the materials of my culture are essential: the azulejos that cover both the interiors and exteriors of our buildings, or the crocheted doilies that are present in all Portuguese furniture and that cover sofas, tables or televisions. For me, this collection in collaboration with Roche Bobois represents the perfect alliance between art, design and life,' the artist explains.
An international artist
Portuguese visual artist Joana Vasconcelos lives and works in Lisbon. She has been exhibiting regularly since the mid-1990s and has since presented her work internationally. Her creations question the role of women in the contemporary world, honouring Portuguese craft traditions and savoir-faire. Among the events that have marked her career: a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Bilbao museum; Trafaria Praia, a project for the Portuguese pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); participation in the group exhibition The World Belongs To You at Palazzo Grassi/Fondazione François Pinault, in Venice; her first retrospective at the Museo Coleção Berardo, in Lisbon. She was the first woman and youngest artist to exhibit at the Palace of Versailles.
Inspired by Lisbon's old homes
For Roche Bobois (with whom she has been collaborating since 2019), she took up the challenge of creating upholstered furniture and accessories designed to interact with a wide audience, proposing her free vision of indoor and outdoor living spaces. Each piece in the Bombom collection reflects his artistic vision applied to comfort and decoration: bold and mouth-watering shapes, sometimes surprising. For the wall coverings, the artist drew his chromatic inspiration from the pastel-coloured facades of old Lisbon houses, whose nuances mingle with the sunset.
Round and fluid shapes
The collection is a creative and optimistic range of sofas, coffee tables and rugs for indoor and outdoor living. "Bombom draws inspiration from the works I make: crocheted creations that emerge from their frames like landscapes that want to interact with us. Round and fluid, colourful and surprising shapes that evoke comfort, to create a bridge between museums, galleries and the indoor spaces we live in," he says.
The lines of the outdoor sofas, made up of modules that compose and complement each other, are reminiscent of the fluid, colourful and surprising shapes of his works. The mobile backrests freely decorate each sofa, allowing you to personalise your comfort... sitting or lying down. Upholstered in quilted outdoor Méridien fabric and supplied with movable backrest sets that can be freely positioned, they are available in various elements and sizes.
And more rugs and coffee tables
The Bombom collection is enhanced by the Semi Frio rug, designed for outdoors but also freely usable indoors. It is a 100% polyolefin tafted bouclette rug with shaved velvet edges. Available in XXL (W 418 x H 352 cm) and round (Ø 267 cm). Vasconcelos has also designed a series of small tables with sinuous lines that follow the silhouettes of the sofas. Two-tone or monochrome, they harmoniously accompany the nuances of the sofas, both indoors and outdoors. Sorvete is a line of coffee tables in polyester resin, glossy or matt lacquered, available in various sizes: PM (W 91 x H 35 x D 32 cm), GM (W 132 x H 35 x D 66.7 cm), round coffee table (H 50 x Ø 59 cm).