Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec’s first retrospective will occupy 1,500 sq m of the Centre Pompidou- Metz including their designs for Vitra, Alessi, Established & Sons and Cappellini.
Their 15 year international design collaboration has resulted in various high profile pieces including the Piani lamp for Flos, the Steelwood collection for Magis and the 2008 Clouds project for the fabric manufacturer Kvadrat which shows the brothers scope from product design to ‘architecture.’ Their award-winning work is being collected by the Centre Pompidou, MoMA, Design Museum and Musée des Arts Décoratifs - most of the world’s top art and design institutions.
Imagined as a temporary encampment (hence the name) Bivouac showcases scenographic elements and movement is created by contrasting scales, transparency and superpositions.
Visitors are invited to wander through the gallery, moving between prototypes and finished objects, mass-produced and hand–crafted works.
Bivouac highlights the immense diversity of their work including concepts, material research & technology and economies achieved in production. The exhibition also addresses key concepts in the Bouroullecs’ research: objects which are nomadic, ephemeral, modular, organic and flexible.
Photos: Tahon & Bouroullec