Roche Bobois is France’s leading luxury home furnishings retailer. Founded in the early 70’s, the brand has over 260 stores worldwide and has been present in America since 1974. As the brand’s first American designer, for Roche Bobois USA'S 40th anniversary, Stephen was commissioned to develop a collection of iconic lounge chairs, each speaking to the local yet global aspect of the brand that has it’s roots in France yet is present in over 20 countries. Can luxury brands like Roche Bobois begin to have a dialogue with the local market they’re expanding into? Can Roche Bobois begin to develop products that address the specific cultural needs of the American market? These were the kinds of exciting questions Nicolas Roche & Stephen Burks began asking as they traveled around Italy collaborating with the craftsmen that would produce the Traveler collection by hand.