Monday, April 29, 2013

Public Relaxation

In my pursuit of interesting and pleasing to the eye public design I ran across these guys.
 Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec are innovators. I find these shaded, padded public resting places enchanting. What a great place for a relaxing conversation.The movement of the blue streamers and the pure round  shapes takes the seriousness out of any pent up urban angst.

Ronan Bouroullec (born 1971) and Erwan Bouroullec (born 1976) have been working together for about ten years now. Their collaboration is a permanent dialogue nourished by their distinct personalities and a shared notion of diligence with the intention to reach more balance and fineness.

In 1997, they presented their Disintegrated Kitchen at the Salon du Meuble in Paris and were spotted by Giulio Cappellini, who gave them their first industrial design projects, notably the Lit clos (“Closed Bed”) and the Spring Chair. In 2000, Issey Miyake asked them to design a space for his new collection of A-Poc clothes in Paris. Then, the decisive meeting with chairman of Vitra Rolf Fehlbaum occurred which resulted in their conception of a new kind of office system, Joyn, in 2002. This was the beginning of a special partnership which has borne fruit in numerous projects, including Algues, the Alcove Sofa, the Worknest, the Slow Chair, the Vegetal or L’Oiseau. Since 2004, the Bouroullecs have also been working with Magis, for whom they have designed two complete furniture collections, Striped and Steelwood as well as additional projects such as the Pila chair, the Pilo table, the Central and Tambour tables. They have worked on several types of textile wall systems, such as the North Tiles and the Clouds, in close collaboration with the Kvadrat brand with whom they also developed the Ready Made Curtain that launched in early 2013. In 2010, they debut two new collections for two new European editors: Ovale, a complete tableware collection for Alessi and Axor Bouroullec, a comprehensive collection for the bathroom area for Axor Hansgrohe. Since 2011, they have been extended their array of partners and design the Piani and Aim lamps for Flos, the Losanges rug for Nani Marquina, the Osso chair for Mattiazzi, a collection of indoor/outdoor ceramic for Mutina as well as a collection for Hay to furnish the new University of Copenhagen in 2013. 

Today, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec design for numerous manufacturers, namely Vitra, Kvadrat, Magis, Kartell, Established and Sons, Ligne Roset, Axor, Alessi, Issey Miyake, Cappellini, Mattiazzi, Flos, Mutina and more recently Hay. At the same time, they maintain an experimental activity which is essential to the development of their work at Galerie kreo, Paris, where four exhibitions of their designs have been held between 2001 and 2012. They also embark on occasional architectural projects such as the Floating House in 2006, the Camper stores in Paris, Copenhagen and Rome (2009-2011), the Casa Camper Hotel’s restaurant, Dos Palillos, in Berlin (2010) and the Kvadrat showrooms in Stockholm (2006) and Copenhagen (2009).

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