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  • Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, France's design duo

    Brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec (France, b. 1971, 1976), took the design world by a storm with their first joint projects in the late 1990s and have continued to produce exceptional designs ever since, many of which have already become icons in international museums.

    Shapes from the world of vegetation serve as inspiration for Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec's new Vegetal chair Shapes from the world of vegetation serve as inspiration for Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec's Vegetal Chair, designed for Vitra in 2008. Vegetal is available in six colours, is suitable for indoor or outdoor applications and can be stacked up to three chairs high, which permits flexible use in a variety of settings and in large numbers.

    A 2002 meeting with Vitra’s Rolf Fehlbaum was the beginning of a special partnership that has borne fruit in numerous projects, including Algues, the Alcove Sofa, the Worknest, and the Slow Chair.

    Designed in 2004 for Vitra, Algues are at one and the same time interior design components and decorative elements. Reminiscent of plants, the plastic elements can be linked together to form web-like textures - from light curtains to opaque, thick room dividers. Designed in 2004 for Vitra, Algues are both interior design components and decorative elements. Reminiscent of plants, the plastic elements can be linked together to form web-like textures - from light curtains to opaque, thick room dividers. Available in 7 colours, 25 pieces per pack.

    Since 2004, the Bouroullecs have also been working with Magis, for whom they have designed two complete furniture collections, including the Steelwood Collection. The Steelwood pieces combine the warmth of wood with the strength of steel and include chairs, tables and shelving units. A versatile design that fits well in both casual and elegant spaces and everywhere in between.

    Brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, who designed the Steelwood Chair, describe it as “stable and democratic, universal and long-lasting.” A very good dining chair for both small dinette spaces and luxurious dining rooms. Over time, the steel and wood components develop an attractive patina. Just what you want in a chair already on its way to being a classic. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, describe the Magis Steelwood Chair as “stable and democratic, universal and long-lasting.” A very good dining chair for both small dinette spaces and luxurious dining rooms. Available in various finish options including red, white and black.

    The Bouroullec brothers continue their study of simplicity and elegance with their Losanges Rug Collection for Nanimarquina. It’s about reinterpreting the traditional Persian rug using the ancient kilim technique.

    Technically complex, the Losanges collection requires great skill as it involves combining 13 colours through the geometrical rhombus shape, a great challenge for the craftsmen of Northern Pakistan. As well as being crafted by hand, the Afghan wool is also spun by hand, which allows for some unique colour tones to be highlighted which make each rhombus different and each rug a unique item. Technically complex, the Losanges Collection requires great skill as it involves combining 13 colours through the geometrical rhombus shape, a great challenge for the craftsmen of Northern Pakistan. As well as being crafted by hand, the Afghan wool is also spun by hand, which allows for some unique colour tones to be highlighted which make each rhombus different and each rug a unique item. Two colour options.

    Today Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec design for numerous manufacturers, including Vitra, Magis, Alessi, Mattiazzi, and more recently, Flos and Iittala.

    The AIM is a form of modern pendant lighting that is constructed from a varnished aluminum sheet with a photo-etched optical polycarbonate shade and an internal reflector of a photo-etched ABS. The cable can be adjusted to allow the fixture head and light distribution to be aimed. The cable has a total length of 29 ft 5 inches (9m) allowing the lamp to be suspended up to 9 ft 8inches (3m) from the ceiling. The Flos Aim Suspension Lamp is design stripped to its most basic—and beautiful—essence. A modern pendant light that is constructed from a varnished aluminum sheet with a photo-etched optical polycarbonate shade. The cable can be adjusted to allow the fixture head and light distribution to be aimed. The cable has a total length of 29 ft 5 inches (9m) allowing the lamp to be suspended up to 9 ft 8 inches (3m) from the ceiling. Available in black or white.

    Each Ruutu vase is unique - mouth-blown into a steel mould and polished by hand. Designer engraving on the bottom of the vase. Difficult shape and intensive colours of the Ruutu vases require very skillfull craftsmen to work during 24 hour production process of one vase. It takes 7 craftsmen to blow one vase. The fluidity of mouth blown glass and the vibrant quality of the flat surfaces create an elegant combination with the geometric shape. Each Iittala Ruutu Vase is unique - mouth-blown into a steel mold and polished by hand. The difficult shapes and intensive colours of the Ruutu Vases require seven craftsmen to blow one vase. The fluidity of mouth-blown glass and the vibrant quality of the flat surfaces create an elegant combination with the geometric shape.

    Both brothers have worked together as joint partners in their own Paris-based design studio. Their work ranges from small utilitarian objects to architectural projects. In addition to the design of domestic and office furniture, vases, porcelain dishware, jewellery and diverse home accessories, a primary focus of their work is the design and organisation of interior space. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec work together as joint partners in their Paris-based design studio. Their work ranges from small utilitarian objects to architectural projects. In addition to the design of domestic and office furniture, vases, porcelain dishware, jewellery and diverse home accessories, a primary focus of their work is the design and organisation of interior space.

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  • Jasper Morrison, "Thingness" at the Tate Modern

    This week I am again looking to London, England and an exhibition of Jasper Morrison's design objects and furniture. The exhibition, "Thingness", is on at  Switch House, Tate Modern, London until October 2nd. It is a concise survey of Jasper Morrison’s thought and design process over the past thirty years.

     

    Small but eye-catching. With two round cushions for the backrest and seat and a metal band that links these to the metal frame. On its own or in a group, the Vega is comfortable without being too comfortable. A typical Artifort touch is the round, brightly coloured cushions in every imaginable colour combination. Small but eye-catching, the Artifort Vega Sofa and Table by Jasper Morrison, with its two round cushions for the backrest and seat is beautiful on its own or in a group. The Vega Sofa is comfortable without being too comfortable. A typical Artifort touch is the round, brightly coloured cushions in every imaginable colour combination.

     

    Born in London in 1959, Morrison studied at Kingston Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, London. Since the late 80s he has collaborated with some of the world’s outstanding producers of furniture and domestic utensils, including Alessi, Vitra, Rosenthal, Artifort and Flos.

     

    Lighter than air? Not quite. But the air-injected Air-Chair is exceptionally light—exactly what you want in a stacking chair. Colourful, too. And it’s as happy on the boat deck as it is in the breakfast nook. Lighter than air? Not quite. But the air-injected Magis Air-Chair is exceptionally light—exactly what you want in a stacking chair. Colourful, too. And it’s as happy on the boat deck as it is in the breakfast nook. Also available without arms.

     

    Three small friends, robustly built, stable, individual in character and lovable in appearance, that's the Cork Family. Whether as side-tables or as stools, the three different brothers benefit from the advantageous properties of the natural material: cork. It is comparatively light, enormously tough and has a pleasant soft feel. Three small friends, robustly built, stable, individual in character and lovable in appearance, that's the Vitra Cork Family Stools. Designed by Jasper Morrison as side-tables or stools, the three different brothers/sisters benefit from the advantageous properties of the natural material: cork. It is comparatively light, enormously tough and has a pleasant soft feel.

     

    Morrison believes that the role of the designer is not to invent form, but rather to be open to the world around him, adapting objects for new purposes. He is especially interested in those everyday objects that continue to serve their purpose well in a form that has often been created by an anonymous designer. He sees such anonymous objects as a reminder for designers that ‘in the real world an object depends on its long-term usefulness for survival’.

     

     

    Adjustable floor lamp providing direct light. Painted or chrome-plated aluminium body with metal spinning head, die-cast joints and extruded stem. Silk screened PMMA diffuser. Jasper Morrison has designed lighting of all sorts but this Superloon Floor Light for Flos is a fav of mine. The adjustable floor lamp provides direct light with a metal spinning head, die-cast joints and extruded stem. Available in white, black or chrome.

     

     

    Jasper Morrison's Glo-Ball Light Collection for Flos includes floor, ceiling, wall and Jasper Morrison's Glo-Ball Light Collection for Flos, with its blown white acid-etched glass diffuser, includes floor, ceiling, wall and pendant options. A classic for any situation.

     

     

    Jasper Morrison has designed many common household objects and utensils for Alessi. Some are so basic such as pots and pans, wine coolers and tableware. These "anonymous objects" are what we use everyday, without thinking of who designed them. Each piece has about them a subtle quality which make them better everyday performers.

     

     

    ajm100s7 The Alessi Pots & Pans Collection offers stainless steel, mirrored finished pans, pots, frying pans and colanders for those who love to cook and those just beginning the journey to great food experiences.

     

     

    alessi_polished_kitchen_cutlery_set The Jasper Morrison Alessi Collection of utensils and dinnerware follow the typical minimalist approach that features in all of Jasper Morrison's work. This design reduces the "cutlery-object" to its barest essence, its purest and most customary form, stripped of all stylistic value and - perhaps precisely because of this - is clearly recognizable as Morrison's work.

     

    Jasper Morrison's designs of everyday objects make excellent gifts, and of course, for your own personal use, they are real keepers!  If you have the chance to view the exhibition, and visit the Switch House, London's newest addition to the UK's Tate Galleries, maybe I will see you there!

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  • Ron Arad - acclaimed artist, designer and architect

    For those of you lucky enough to be heading to London, UK before September 26th, like this happy blogger, check out the Ron Arad exhibition at the Ben Brown Gallery in the Mayfair area. The exhibition at Ben Brown Gallery is the culmination of Ron Arad's most recent work, spanning sculpture, hand-crafted studio pieces and industrial design, and showcases the artist's constant experimentation with the boundaries and possibilities of materials, from metals to wood and glass.

    GRShop.com offers several of Ron Arad's home furnishings designed for Vitra, Magis and Alessi.

     

    magis_voido_rocking_chair_d Ron Arad's Voido Rocking Chair for Magis is a statement in movement and ingenuity with materials. Made of rotational-molded polyethylene, it is available in black or white.

     

    Movement is a central theme in Arad's oeuvre. His pieces often encourage interaction, expressed both in his functional designs and purely aesthetic pieces. Drawing inspiration from William Morris's infamous quote "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful", Ron Arad combines cutting-edge techniques with expert craftsmanship.

     

    With its undulating, sculptural form, Ron Arad’s Magis Folly Bench will spark conversations while providing a comfortable place to chat. Molded in nearly indestructible polyethylene for both indoor and outdoor use, the bench’s seat and back surfaces merge seamlessly and encourage lounging any which way. With its undulating, sculptural form, Ron Arad’s Magis Folly Bench will spark conversations while providing a comfortable place to chat. Molded in nearly indestructible polyethylene for both indoor and outdoor use, the bench’s seat and back surfaces merge seamlessly and encourage lounging any which way.

     

    Educated at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and later at the Architectural Association in London, Ron Arad is an Israeli artist, industrial designer and architect who lives and works in London. He was awarded the 2011 London Design Week Medal for design excellence and became a Royal Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2013.

     

    The elegant plastic shell of T-Vac offers comfortable seating not only in interior spaces but also in outdoor settings: special additives in the molded polypropylene shell help to prevent the colour from fading, and the powder-coated finish of the base makes the chair suited for use on the terrace or in the garden. Since the chair can be stacked, it is especially useful in places where large numbers of chairs are required. The elegant plastic shell of the Vitra T-Vac Chair offers comfortable seating not only in interior spaces but also in outdoor settings: special additives in the molded polypropylene shell help to prevent the colour from fading, and the powder-coated finish of the base makes the chair suited for use on the terrace or in the garden. Since the chair can be stacked, it is especially useful in places where large numbers of chairs are required.

     

    Ron Arad has teamed up with Magis once again, but this time he was determined to come up with a rotational-moulded design with a difference. This was done by making a continuous looped ribbon with a defined inside and outside texture that serves to make the continuous band more readable, and like stuffed pasta the ribbon appears to be inflated. Ron Arad teamed up with Magis to make the Raviolo Chair, which is available in a multitude of colours, and offers a continuous looped ribbon with a defined inside and outside texture that serves to make the continuous band more readable, and like stuffed pasta, the ribbon appears to be inflated.

     

    The exhibition at the Ben Brown Gallery includes such pieces as the Puddle 21, 2015, a signed and numbered table with a mirror polished stainless steel top. The exhibition at the Ben Brown Gallery includes such pieces as Puddle 21, 2015, a signed and numbered table with a mirror polished stainless steel top. Photo: Ben Brown Gallery, London.

     

    Check out the exhibition at the Ben Brown Gallery in London, ends September 26th. http://www.benbrownfinearts.com/exhibitions/107/overview/

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