In the Bouroullecs' Studio
A highlight of my trip to Paris earlier this year—and I can't believe it's taken me this long to share it with you—was a visit to the Bouroullec brothers' studio in Belleville. It was an exciting moment for the designers; they were in the midst of organizing the first major exhibition of their work in France, the epic "Album" show at the Arc en Rêve architecture center in Bordeaux (which is on view until April 24), and were developing a new wooden chair for Mattiazzi, the Osso, which is premiering at Milan as we speak. They were also preparing to work on a new line of ceramic tiles for Italian brand Mutina, which will launch in the fall.
After I toured the studio with their executive office manager, Fanny (I wish I could share more photos of their woodshop and workspace, but they requested privacy), Erwan sat down with me for a chat about the exhibition and their recent work. "All our projects are site-specific, created for a particular company," he said. "All have their own logic and character—none are a copy-and-paste of something else. They generate from a simple question: how do you build this, how do you use this?" As for their aesthetic? "We look for a softness of space, but with electricity inside." Click through the slideshow for a glimpse into the Bouroullec's world.
@current / @total
- We share our favorite designs from Paris-based Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
Were you lost at sea, there could be no finer beacon than this brilliant new light from the brothers Bouroullec. The delicately molded hand-blown glass globe perches atop the industrially produced base—with truly balanced results.
- We chat with the designers and the factories who produce some of the most iconic pieces of furniture. Plus, learn the real cost of rip-offs.
The Centre Pompidou-Metz presents the first major retrospective in France dedicated to the work of award-winning designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. This October, the Centre Pompidou-Metz will dedicate 1,000 square meters of gallery space to their work over the past ten years, alongside examples of their research projects. The designers’ work will also be featured during the London Design Festival at the Victoria & Albert Museum from September 15th through the 27th.
Being at one with nature doesn’t necessarily mean having to leave the comfort of your living room. French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec give shape to new terrestrial and airborne elements to transform your living room into the great beyond.
The individual textile components in Clouds combine to form a conceptual cumulus
on the wall, or you can spread them into a cirrus drifting across your ceiling.
- The CEO of Flos USA addresses the versatility of LED and what's next for lighting design.