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Designer Profile: The Bouroullec Brothers

May 27th, 2019

Category: WB Jamieson

Author: Darren Seymour

Designer Profile: The Bouroullec Brothers

Vitra - Alcove - WB Jamieson

Who are the Bouroullec brothers?

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are contemporary designers, born 1971 and 1976, respectively, in Quimper, France.

The duo studied at the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Cergy-Pontoise.

Ronan began independent design work immediately after completing his studies, while his brother, who was still in school, assisted him.

In 1999, the brothers joined as Design partners in and their own Paris-based design studio. Their work is expansive and ranges from small utilitarian objects to large industrial and architectural projects. Their primary focus of work is in the design and organisation of interior space. Ronan and Erwan have produced a huge range of domestic and office furniture and objects including Vases, Porcelain dishware, Jewellery, and a diverse selection of home accessories.

Among their forward-thinking and progressing works is the Algue (2004). The collaboration between the brothers and Vitra began with the office furniture system Joyn and has since developed and expanded in to a whole host of designs. The brothers have made major contributions to the Vitra collection as well as their work with other home and furniture brands such as other WB Jamieson favourite's Established and Sons, Magis and HAY.

Vitra Vegetal - Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec | WB Jamieson

What are some of their most highly regarded works?

The Bouroullec brothers have been involved with many design works, but perhaps the work they are most known for are the pieces designed for Vitra such as the Algue (2004), Vegetal Chair (2009), and Alcove Sofa (2006),

Vitra Algue - Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec

Other works of note include the Palissade outdoor collection (2015) and Elementaire (2018) for HAY,

HAY - Elementaire - Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec | WB Jamieson

Magis have also commissioned their work in the form of the Steelwood collection (2007)

Magis - Steelwood - WB Jamieson

All of the above designs are available for purchase from our online store, just click the links to be taken directly to the product from our shop. If you have any other enquiries regarding the work of Erwan and Ronan Bourroullec, then please don't hesitate to get in touch:


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