Here are two new projects that Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec will be presenting during the upcoming Milan International Furniture Fair.
First up is 'Osso' - a chair created for Italian firm Mattiazzi who are a small, family-owned company that has been manufacturing chairs for others for about forty years.
Having taken the admirable but brave step to 'do less yet better' Mattiazzi decided to work with Ronan and Erwan to create a chair that is on the one hand, 'back to basics' and on the other, ultimately rather sophisticated.
By using CNC tooling (and apparently all the equipment is powered by solar energy at Mattiazzi) plus wood of very high quality from the surrounding area, the Bouroullecs;
"...designed an object in plain wood but not in regular plain wood, the quality of the wood literally makes the object, like the best piece of meat would make the refinement of a dish. Our intention was to let the sensuality of the wood material - from oak to maple to ash - express itself."
The Osso chair is extremely sculpted and polished thanks to the use of highly sophisticated digital control equipment. The high-tech assembling system of geometrical wood panels allows a quite singular strength while preserving a design balance of the object.
The Osso collection in full will also include an armchair, a children's chair as well as high and low stools.
'L'Oiseau', which the duo have created for Vitra is simply that: an ornamental bird also made of wood.
"We have always been fascinated by animal representations whether they are primitive or more contemporary - from ivory bears made by the Inuit community to the Finnish birds made in blown glass.
It could seem outdated to be interested in such subjects however we truly think that it is a necessary fantasy to continue supplementing this symbolic bestiary." say the brothers.
We couldn't agree more.
And keep your eyes peeled for more Boullourec designs heading to Milan; including pieces for Established & Sons, Flos and Magis.
We'll let you know as soon as we hear something...