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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fifty years from now: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Ronan Bouroullec (1971- ) and Erwan Bouroullec (1976 ) both studied at the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Cergy-Pontoise. After completing his studies, Ronan immediately opened his own design studio and was assisted by younger brother Erwan, then still a student.

The design team was discovered by Giulio Cappellini in 1997 at the Paris Furniture Fair and were given their first industrial design projects, the Closed Bed, which was large enough to accommodate a queen mattress and small nightstand, and the Spring Chair, both introduced in 2000. Since then, they have worked with such notables as Issey Miyake, Vitra, Magis, Kvadrat, Alessi, Flos, Kartell, Ligne Roset, and Hay. 

Their awards include  the Grand Prix du Design (Paris, 1998), the New Designer Award at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (New York, 1999), Designers of the Year at the Furniture Fair (Paris, 2002), the Finn Juhl Prize (Copenhagen, 2008), the Danish Design Award (Copenhagen, 2010), the Designer of the Year award for Now! Maison & Objet (Paris, 2011) and the A & W Designer of the Year award in 2013. Additionally, the Facett collection (Ligne Roset) and the Worknest office chair both won the "Best of the Best" Red Dot Design Award, in 2005 and in 2008, respectively. In 2009, the Vegetal chair won the ICFF award for outdoor furniture, and the Steelwood chair won the Compasso d'Oro in 2011.

Their work has been exhibited at the Design Museum London, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Rotterdam Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, the La Piscine in Roubaix, the Villa Noailles in Hyeres, the Grand Hornu in Belgium, the architecture center Arc en Rêve in Bordeaux, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Without doubt, these brothers have already made an impact on the design world, and it 's a safe bet that their work will still be highly valued fifty years from now.


Closed Bed

Interior of Closed Bed

Spring Chair

Facett chair

Worknest chairs

Vegetal chairs

Steelwood chair

Ready Made Curtain


  1. What is the scale of the closed bed, can you get inside it?

    1. It's large enough to accommodate a queen size mattress and a small nightstand. I added a photo of the interior to the post.