Industrial Design is a serious matter for those two. 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.
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, while 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. Since 2004, the Bouroullecs have also been working with Magis, then for Alessi and many others. Their approach is fresh and uber special.
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 and more recently Flos and Mutina. 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 2010. They also embark on occasional architectural projects.
Several exhibitions have been devoted to their work and they won many prizes, the Centre Pompidou Metz is currently hosting Bivouac, a monographic exhibition from October 5th until the summer 2012.
Two monographs books have been published about the design of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Ronan et Erwan Bouroullec – Catalogue de Raison (Paris: Images Modernes / Kreo, 2002) and Ronan et Erwan Bouroullec, (Paris: Phaidon, 2003). Download the ipad application or… go to Paris to see the exhibit!