Imagination, collaboration, and innovation characterize the work of internationally recognized designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. From furniture and home accessories to distinctive organic forms and structures, the brothers’ designs are at once intriguing and effective, while uniquely accenting the environments they inhabit. Take an exploration of their work with these six eclectic creations.
If you will be in the Midwest before the end of January, don’t miss the brothers’ exhibit “Bivouac” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The exhibit is open now and continues through January 20, 2013.
1. Piani Light - With its tray-like base and hovering parallel light source, the Piani creates both a unique illumination as well as a modestly lit stage for desktop and night table. Injection-molded body, available in black, green, red and white. Find one at Flos.
2. Magis Steelwood Table + Chair - Initially seeking to create an alternative to plastic seating and to reduce complex assembly, the Steelwood group has a broad appeal. Inviting in shape and texture, but strong and durable in design, Steelwood Tables and Chairs will offer style and comfort for years to come. Find both the table and chairs at Herman Miller.
3. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec by Anniina Koivu - The first career and design chronicle of Ronan and Erwan, Anniina Koivu’s book features 10 themed chapters examining the various aspects of their design as well as an illustrated catalogue, interviews with collaborators, and more. Get your copy from Barnes & Noble.
4. Ovale Table Set, Alessi & Ronan Bouroullec - Blissfully spare and modern, the Ovale series re-imagines stoneware and stainless-steel tableware, drawing minimal from the origins of the traditional. Simply eye-catching whether for special or everyday use. Choose your setting at A+R.
5. Pico Tiles - Eschewing the slick, shiny trends of contemporary tiling, Pico focuses on the substance and material’s innate characteristics and textures. With a matte finish, gentle colors, and a subtle, organic relief, the tiles lend a nuanced accent to spaces both public and private. Choose from monochromatic and two-tone color combinations. Learn more at Mutina.
6. Matiazzi Osso Chair - The environmental pedigree of the Osso Chair is almost as impressive as its material-focused design. The beauty of the chair’s locally harvested wood is intensified by sophisticated sculpture, polish, and construction techniques. Choose from six colored finishes as well as natural ash, maple, and oak. Choose yours at Herman Miller.
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