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Expo: Bouroullec designers bivouac in Metz

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Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

François Goudier

In Pompidou-Metz, the inventive designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec set up a temporary and scenographic camp fifteen years of their creations. Their exhibition in 8 photos ...

At Galerie 3 in Beaubourg-Metz, the design of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is staged, punctuated by a game of scales, transparencies and overlays. On more than 1,000 square meters, they are mini-architectures, open living platforms around 300 unpublished watercolor drawings. A temporary camp, made without the support of any other element than their creation (screws set aside), which collects all the DNA of the Bouroullec.

A zany fantasy signed Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

In the domestic landscape they have been reinventing for fifteen years, objects and furniture are nomadic and recognizable by their discretion, their elegance, but also their fun, their piquant fantasy. Suspended lamps come alive in creepers, a sea ice serves as a coffee table. In the office, the Alcove seat work or High back sofa, these sofas edited by Vitra, allow with their unusually elevated backrest to isolate themselves in an open space. The suspended Clouds, clouds in foam cells, happily cut the space, like the soft plastic algae. White, green, red or black, clipped, they proliferate into partitions and adapt architecture to our way of life. Since Vitra publishes these modules, in 2005, nearly five million copies have been sold!

Organic, practical, playful, hedonistic, the exhibition shows the stages of maturation and design evolutions of the Bouroullec brothers for fifteen years. Clean lines, seaweed, Ploum the sofa to the sensuality contained, the different chairs, this inventive design is ideally composed with the architectural games of the Pompidou-Metz museum.


A nourished design of memories

We also love the closed bed, reminiscent of a childhood spent in the countryside, around Quimper, the Torique carafe with offset spout, the famous combinatorial vases of 1997, the shelf aptly named Self shelf, the indoor chairs, the Steelwood chair, the Vegetal Chair of course ...

The Bouroullec work with the major publishing houses, Vitra, Ligne Roset, Cappellini, Magis, while leading an industrial approach with the Parisian gallery Kreo. Many of the exhibits come from most of these manufacturers.

"Bivouac", their first monograph, announces the blossoming of a new cycle. Since their entry into the world of design, the creations of the Bouroullec brothers have been among the collections of the most prestigious museums, ranging from the Design Museum in London to the MoMA in New York. Discreet, they fade behind their production and refuse any star-system. Yet, like a Philippe Starck who embodies the spirit of the 80s, they reflect the complex web of the 2000s.

Between design, interior design and decoration take shape the North Tiles Kvadrat (2006), foam and textile upholstery that reinvent the space; suspended Clouds (2008), clipped between them and form partitions. Borrowed from the Breton tradition, the closed bed (2000), which has become an icon, has not been marketed, but it has been published in twelve copies, and is part of the Frac Nord collection. With its refined form, Torique ceramic is made by the potter Claude Aïello in Vallauris.



"Bivouac", exhibition "monographic", until July 30, 2012 at the Center Pompidou of Metz, centrepompidou-metz.fr.

To see, in addition, the "Album" exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, drawings, sketches and watercolors of the Bouroullec brothers. Until June 6, 2012, design-museum.de

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