BOUROULLEC, the Breton-born brothersby designspace | 15.07.13
Nothing in the Bouroullecs’ childhood in a quiet village near Quimper in Brittany suggested that they were destined to become designers. Ronan was born there in 1971 and Erwan in 1975. As kids, they rarely left Brittany. ‘I didn’t do well at school,’ admitted Ronan. ‘And when I came to Paris to study industrial design, I didn’t do very well there either. It was only a few years later, when I enrolled on another course at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, that everything came together.’
After being respectively graduates at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris about 14 years ago, the brothers Bouroullec are closing the loop by exhibiting at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, a retrospective that surveys 15 years of research and about one hundred objects and furniture items on display.
41 and 37 respectively, Erwan and Ronan are the most important French industrial designers of their generation, and among the most influential worldwide. Both brothers went to college in Paris, where Ronan studied furniture design and Erwan art. Ronan opened a design studio after graduating, and Erwan joined him.
We love the way the exhibition was curated discussing all aspects of production: from object to space, limited edition to the industrial design piece, from public furniture to domestic use, from drawing to video, passing through photography.
The 1,000 square meter is showing an installation (a 12-meter-high textile plant and a series of partitions designed by the brothers), the reflection around the office and workspace and some more intimate approach integrating the creative process. The Bouroullec have developed their work through their experimental activity (often seen at the Kreo Gallery) always keeping their projects simple and functional.
Exhibition under construction !
Exhibition model – Momentane
Ronan and Erwan daily work, namely the drawing = Pencil is both their main tool and filter their imagination.
There’s always team work in design,’ observed Erwan. ‘For most designers, the first time they have to explain or justify their work is to the manufacturer. By then, we’ve spent weeks, maybe months, arguing over the tiniest details.’
“Usually our work is strongest when we disagree, because that’s when we push each other to go further,’ said Ronan. ‘If we’re in agreement, it’s often mediocre.”