CORNICHES
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec Wednesday 09 May 2012

Like little protrusions in nature, Corniches by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are informal and flexible shelves.

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have been working together for over ten years, bonded as brothers and challenged by their strong personalities. Their first two experimental projects, the Disintegrated Kitchen (1998) and the Lit Clos (2000), captured the attention of Rolf Fehlbaum and led to Joyn in 2002. This new kind of open office system was the beginning of a special partnership with Vitra, which has borne fruit in numerous projects, including the Algues, the Vegetal chair, the Alcove sofa and the most recent Corniches.

Corniches arose from the need for small storage spaces to spontaneously keep items. "The same way that we hang our belongings on a rock jutting from a cliff before diving into the sea, we need small, informal storage in everyday life too", explains Ronan Bouroullec. And this is the reason that Corniches are neither regular shelves nor simple horizontal surfaces, but rather individual, isolated protrusions in the environments that we create. Whether as a key rack beside the front door, a spot to put everything we need to have at our fingertips in the bathroom, as a pedestal for a small collection of objects or as a large installation, Corniches are a new way to use the wall in the living space.

designer biog

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Ronan Bouroullec (born 1971) and Erwan Bouroullec (born 1976) have been working together for about ten years now. Their collaboration is a permanent dialogue nourished by their distinct personalities and a shared notion of diligence with the intention to reach more balance and fineness. In 1997, they presented their “Disintegrated Kitchen” at the Salon du Meuble in Paris and were spotted by Giulio Cappellini, who gave them their first industrial design projects, notably the Lit clos (“Closed Bed”) and the Spring Chair. Today, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec design for numerous manufacturers, namely Vitra, Kvadrat, Magis, Kartell, Established and Sons, Ligne Roset, Axor, Alessi, Issey Miyake, Cappellini and more recently Flos and Mattiazzi. At the same time, they maintain an experimental activity which is essential to the development of their work at Galerie kreo, Paris, where four exhibitions of their designs have been held between 2001 and 2010. They also embark on occasional architectural projects such as the Maison flottante (“Floating House”) in 2006 or the Camper stores in Paris and Copenhagen (2009) and the Casa Camper Hotel’s restaurant, Dos Palillos, in Berlin (2010).