Mah Jongg is not just a game. It has become a part of my life that allows me to entertain my Mah Jongg-playing friends, cook great meals to serve to them and test my mental skills during our game play (which, hopefully, is often).
Back in April I posted photos of a number of Mah Jongg sets created by design houses such as Hermes, Cartier, Donna Karen, Louis Vuitton, etc. Well, a new designer of Mah Jongg sets may be poised to enter the scene and all of that will be thanks to none other than Julia Roberts (who was taught the game by Los Angeles teacher and collector extraordinaire, Johni Levene). JR is apparently over the moon about our beloved game and, as the newest ambassador of Givenchy, she has asked them to design a set for her. In fact, she discusses her love of the game in this excerpt from her interview with Joe Zee, the Editor in Chief of Yahoo Style:
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Z: It’s okay to not have it all. Or not do it all.
JR: For sure. It’s interesting raising children in a time of everything being fast and more. It really makes you realize that even though there’s greatness to all this invention and forward thinking, there’s also greatness to quietness and the simple things in life. Did Riccardo tell you that I told him to make a Givenchy mahjong set? Well, it’s because I’m obsessed with mahjong, Joe.
JZ: Do you play it? I don’t even know the rules. I’ve always tried to learn!
JR: No, Joe, this is an exclusive! I’m obsessed with mahjong.
JZ: Are the rules hard?
JR: It’s not that hard. I’m still such a beginner, but I have so much fun! Imagine the most chic Givenchy backgammon, dominoes, cards, and mahjong. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
For a retelling of the complete interview, click here.
I was checking out some Pinterest pinnings when I happened upon this circa 1930 Hermès Mah Jongg set with an interesting description written below it. I thought you might enjoy this:
“…and when i thought i’ve seen it all, there comes the special order chinese mahjong set circa the 1930’s. my yahoo translator tells me the tiles were made from mahogany tree and fawn-coloured leather, and something in bone and ivory too. i mean, which opium den owner commissioned this exceptional piece, and whose unfilial descendants are selling it now? this unusual lot has an estimate of €1,500 – €2,000. that’s a lot of mahjong money i say.”