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May 10, 2012

Design fans, get ready to add a hot new monograph to the bookshelf—Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: Works by Anniia Koivu is out from Phaidon Press this month. A handsome, large-format tome, Works has all the eye candy of a coffee table book alonside Koivu's (a former design editor at Abitare) insight into the work of France's leading furniture and industrial design duo. Reached via email, she had this to say about the Bouroullecs, as apt a summation of their work as I've come across. "Their objects are artificially natural. A lamp is not just a light, but it becomes a hanging ensemble of different spots, that can shift and reflect differently with the movement of the wind. Single protrusions from the wall are small and informal shelves, which allow the user to drop off things for a moment without having to give the movement a second thought. A sofa becomes a sound-proof, cave-like room within a room (Alcove sofa for Vitra) that allows the user to hide from the surrounding action. We could say, that all their objects have a strong link to the very basic needs—even prehistoric—and behaviors of human beings. The Bouroullecs have the talent to turn any home or office into a natural environment. While the objects might be new, we are tricked into believing that they have been there forever, creating surprises and pleasure." Enjoy a quick spin through les freres' work.

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Vegetal Chair, Vitra, 2008. Chair, polyamide. 606 × 552 × 813 mm/23.8 × 21.7 × 32 inches;  Vitra, Switzerland
Vegetal Chair, Vitra, 2008. Chair, polyamide. 606 × 552 × 813 mm/23.8 × 21.7 × 32 inches; Vitra, Switzerland
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Textile Field, 2011. Installation, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Textile Field, 2011. Installation, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Floating House, 2006. Temporary studio for resident artists of the Centre National de l’Estampe et de l’Art Imprimé. Conceived in collaboration with Jean-Marie Finot and Denis Daversin, architects; aluminium, glass, red cedar wood, ipe wood. Length: 23m/7
Floating House, 2006. Temporary studio for resident artists of the Centre National de l’Estampe et de l’Art Imprimé. Conceived in collaboration with Jean-Marie Finot and Denis Daversin, architects; aluminium, glass, red cedar wood, ipe wood. Length: 23m/75.4 feet; Total surface: 110m²/360.8 feet²,; CNEAI, France
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Clouds, Kradat, 2009. Modular partition unit, thermo compressed foam and fabric, coinjected rubberband. 500 × 10 × 300 mm/19.7 × 0.4 × 11.8 inches; Kvadrat, Denmark
Clouds, Kradat, 2009. Modular partition unit, thermo compressed foam and fabric, coinjected rubberband. 500 × 10 × 300 mm/19.7 × 0.4 × 11.8 inches; Kvadrat, Denmark
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Appartement 50 Installation, 2010. Exhibition at Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse, Marseille, France
Appartement 50 Installation, 2010. Exhibition at Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse, Marseille, France
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Algues, Vitra, 2004. Modular partition unit, injected polyamide. Each unit: 300 × 40 × 270 mm/ 11.8 × 1.6 × 10.6 inches; Vitra, Switzerland
Algues, Vitra, 2004. Modular partition unit, injected polyamide. Each unit: 300 × 40 × 270 mm/ 11.8 × 1.6 × 10.6 inches; Vitra, Switzerland
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Alcove Sofa Highback, Vitra, 2007. Alcove highback loveseat with integrated desktop Chromed steel, polished aluminium, fibreglass, foam, fabric, MDF, leather. 1265 × 840 × 1360 mm/50 × 33 × 53.5 inches; Vitra, Switzerland
Alcove Sofa Highback, Vitra, 2007. Alcove highback loveseat with integrated desktop Chromed steel, polished aluminium, fibreglass, foam, fabric, MDF, leather. 1265 × 840 × 1360 mm/50 × 33 × 53.5 inches; Vitra, Switzerland
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Bouroullec works book by Phaidon

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