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Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

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Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (born 1971 and 1976) are brothers noted for their design work, which has been featured in publications and museums globally — and spans a wide range from tables and chairs to tableware, rugs, textile walls, office furniture, ceramics, art objects and urban projects.

Early life and education[edit]

Vegetal chair designed for Vitra
Fontaines du rond-point des Champs-Élysées-Marcel-Dassault (2019)

Brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec were born in Quimper, Brittany,[1] where previous generations of their family had farmed. Ronan studied at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, subsequently assisted by his brother, Erwan, who graduated from École nationale supérieure d'arts de Paris-Cergy.


In 2007, the firm's "North Tiles" design for Kvadrat in Denmark won the D – Design Forum AID Award[2] and has been included in Giulio Cappellini's design collection.[3] Their work has included a tree house bedroom and a "table sprouting a bowl molded from a single piece of heat-welded Corian". The designs have been described as representing poetic practicality.[3] "We don't want to make only functional pieces," Erwan Bouroullec noted.[3]

The design team works from their company base in Paris, Atelier Bouroullec, for clients including Cappellini, Ligne Roset, Habitat, Domeau & Peres, Authentics, EandW, Magis, Vitra, HAY, and Gallery Kreo.[4] They received the 1998 grand prix du jury international at the Maison et Objet furniture fair in Paris, the best new designer award in New York in 1999, a Compasso d'Oro nomination in 2001 in Milan, and designed the interior for Issey Miyake’s APOC shop in Paris.[4]

In 2006, the Cneai[5] invited them to design the "Floating House", an artist residence. In 2011, the Centre Pompidou-Metz hosts a major retrospective on the Bouroullec brothers. The show traveled to the United States and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Their work has been published in numerous books, and the brothers were interviewed in Gary Hustwit's 2009 documentary about industrial design called Objectified.[6][7]

In 2014, the Bouroullecs were awarded the Panerai London Design Medal award.[8]

Apart from exclusive exhibitions, many of their lighting designs[9] are permanently housed in museums across the globe, including the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago: Design Museum, London; and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam.[10]

Main achievements[edit]

The Vitra Alcove Sofa by the Bouroullec brothers (pictured is Dutch comedian Kees van Kooten).
  • Cuisine désintégrée, 1998, Cappellini
  • Vases Combinatoires, 1998, Cappellini
  • Lit Clos, 2000, Galerie Kreo
  • Cloud, module, 2002, Cappellini
  • Joyn, deskstop System, 2002, Vitra
  • Module Algues, 2004, Vitra
  • Maison flottante, 2006, houseboat artist's residence, Chatou
  • Alcove, sofa, 2006, Vitra
  • Slow Chair, 2007, Vitra
  • Steelwood, system, 2007, Magis
  • Vegetal, chair, 2009, Vitra
  • Clouds, wall system, 2009, Kvadrat
  • Lighthouse, lamp, 2010, Established & Sons
  • Losange, carpet, 2011, Nanimarquina
  • Pico, floor tiles, 2011, Mutina
  • Aim, lamp, 2013, Flos
  • Lustre Gabriel, permanent installation, Château de Versailles, 2013
  • Officina, collection, 2015, Magis
  • Palissade, collection, 2015, HAY
  • Serif TV, television, 2015, Samsung
  • Vases Nuage, 2015, Vitra
  • Chaînes, lampe, 2016, Galerie Kreo
  • Promenade Nuage, Paseo Ponti, Miami, 2018[11]
  • Elémentaire, chair, 2018, HAY
  • Alcova, vases, 2018, WonderGlass
  • Fontaines du rond-point des Champs-Élysées-Marcel-Dassault, 2019
  • Truss, modular system of architectural furniture, 2022, Emeco


  1. ^ "Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec". Design Museum. 22 June 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Bouroullec Ronan". Design Addict. Retrieved 2024-05-28.
  3. ^ a b c "Design Notebook: Furniture fair: In Milan, form follows fashion". The New York Times. 12 April 2001.
  4. ^ a b ronan + erwan bouroullec Design Boom
  5. ^ Cneai (National Center for Art, Edition and Image)
  6. ^ Guffey, Elizabeth (2011). "Objectified: The Meaning of Design". Design and Culture. 3 (1): 113–115. doi:10.2752/175470810X12863771379030. S2CID 143589498.
  7. ^ Taylor, Glen (28 July 2008). "Objectified, a documentary about industrial design by Gary Hustwit". Core77. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Bouroullec brothers and Richard Rogers honoured with London Design Medal awards". Dezeen. 16 September 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Bouroullec Brothers Versatile Designer".
  10. ^ "Ronan Bouroullec". designersandbooks.com.
  11. ^ "Bouroullec brothers insert cloud-like canopy into Miami Design District". Dezeen. 2017-12-13. Retrieved 2019-03-14.

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