Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are two collaborating French designers and are regarded as two of the most important designers in the world today. Despite their young age, they have already collaborated with major brands such as Vitra, Cappellini, Kartell and Magis to create everything from wall decorations to furniture and interiors.
Their designs are often highly original, such as the wall decoration or room divider Algues for Vitra, which is a big hit at the Nordic Gallery. Ronan and Erwan were born in Quimper in 1971 and 1976. Immediately after graduating from the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Ronan started his own design studio where his younger brother, who was still studying, assisted him. Today they have a joint studio in Paris where they create their designs with a team of six people. They have worked together for fifteen years, their ambitious design practice driven by the creative combination of each other's different personalities.
In 1997, the brothers received their first professional commission from the design brand Capellini. In 2000, they worked with Galerie Kreo, and one year later they had their first solo exhibition.
The Bouroullec brothers have a wide range of designs, creating everything from small design objects such as jewellery to large-scale architecture and crafts in the form of video and photography. They often work with Galerie Kreo to develop their experimental designs. Most of Ronan and Erwan's works are part of the permanent exhibitions of several modern museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou.
Their pieces have been awarded numerous prestigious prizes and awards, including Creator of the Year at the Salon du Meuble in Paris in 2002, New Designer Awards at the International Furniture Fair of New York in 1999 and le Grand Prix du Design de la Ville de Paris in 1998.