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Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec : The French Touch
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
The French Touch
Pierre Dalage, March 24, 2008
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
 
For Ronan et Erwan Bouroullec, working with galleries is a chance to breathe outside the usual constraints that characterise their enthusiastic contribution to industrial design. Their need to go “over the top” shows their almost childlike joy in escaping the ties that bind them when working on a brief. The unique proportions of these new pieces are free from existing typologies and domestic conventions. They free themselves from defined and definitive shapes. The Bouroullec brothers travel between the known and the unknown, moving in an « in-between » space that still leaves plenty of room for practical use. The disturbing, long black lamp, invents a pivoting principle that leans on the ceiling. It moves like a living organism, like a three-headed hydra. The exaggerated diameter evokes the imposing size of Venetian chandeliers. The moulded polyester tables, with their synthetic appearance, are huge monolithic shapes that are barely off the ground. Their white and unreal aspect makes them seem like floating ice floes. The sofa – can we still refer to it as such ? – is a black box, one of the elementary shapes that Ronan et Erwan Bouroullec love so much. The intriguing shape (3m x 2m) makes us wonder about the true nature of the object. Is it a piece of furniture or an alcove?

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec_Black Light
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec_Black Light
 
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec_Black Light
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec_Black Light
 
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