Ronan + Erwan Bouroullec
The Bouroullec brothers, Ronan and Erwan, were a shoo-in for the mini-interview for a couple dozen reasons, but really the first two were decisive. First, they consistently contribute projects and products which are ' incredibly detailed and simple at the same time' [much like their interview answers!]. I like that this quality of their work often encourages viewer/user engagement. Second, Grace is crazy about them. OK, so only the first criteria really mattered. [Photo: Facett Conception by Morgane Le Gall]
If you could do it all over again, the one thing you wouldn't change
The best business advice you've been given
Giulio Cappellini once advised us not to take a business card because he said, “When you have a business card, you won’t have ideas anymore.” We still do not have business cards.
As a mentor, the most important concept you'd want a mentee to take away from your relationship. The relativity of each idea.
In a design studio, money invested in ____ is always well spent.
In an apprenticeship of a new machine.
A sketch of your favorite piece of artwork?
Here are some images of the brothers' work over the course of their partnership, founded in 1999.
Fruit bowl 1999 polypropylene, ABS. [8,2 x Ø 30 cm. Photo: Paul Tahon] Edited by:
Honda vase 2001: fiber glass, matt internal finish, external shiny finish paint, ballasted base. two colours: aubergine or black [100 x Ø50 cm. Photo: Morgane Le Gall] Edited by Galerie Kreo,
Spring chair, 2000 wood shell, then polyurethane, high-resilience foam, wool, stainless steel. [66 x 78 x 78 cm + foot rest + head rest. Photo: Paul Tahon] Edited by Cappellini, Italy.
The Floating House (la maison flottante) by night, a habitable studio for resident artists and authors initiated by public commission in 2002 and completed in October 2006. Designed by R & E Bouroullec together with architects Jean-Marie Finot and Denis Daversin. [Photo: Paul Tahon and R & E Bouroullec.]