French design house Roche
Bobois showed off traditional
Mexican craftsmanship at its L’Artesania de Vivir exhibit.
THE PARTY A few years ago, the historic water cistern beneath Buffalo Bayou Park was reopened to the public as an art display space, and several artists have taken advantage of the unique venue to show their work. Recently, however, French design house Roche Bobois—known for innovative creations, modernism and patronage of fine artists—took over the cavernous space to show off its latest collection of one-of-a-kind furniture creations. THE SCENE The exhibit, L’Artesania de Vivir, featured 32 chairs, each made by craftsmen using the traditional textile techniques found in the Mexican states of Jalisco, Oaxaca, Puebla, Hidalgo and Chiapas. After selecting a silhouette from Roche Bobois’ existing chair designs, each artisan applied their own unique vision, color, design and technique to create a work of art. THE HIGHLIGHTS After several stops in Mexico—the inaugural showing took place at Mexico City’s famed Alcázar del Castillo Chapultepec—Houston was the first international debut. The cistern, built in 1926 to hold water for the city, features 221 columns and provided the perfect dramatic backdrop for the show. -Ray Dennison
Photos by Daniel Colvin Photography and Guy Tran