Danish design brand Hay invited French designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec to design a new collection of furniture for the newly remodelled Faculty of Humanities at Kobenhavns University of Copenhagen (KUA). With a wooden chair, a stool, and several tables and desks, the Copenhague collection was first used by students in April 2013.
Adhering to a brief which specified a quick development and production process at low cost, the starting point for this series is based on an old university chair, inspired by the architect Bernt Pedersen's trestle chair. This chair is simple and beautiful with an uncomplicated identity. In their interpretation, brothers Ronan and Erwan have upheld the original chair typology (trestle chair) and sought to maintain the compelling simplicity of the original chair.
Due to the symmetrical frames chairs and tables both stack vertically, allowing an almost infinite stacking, where most other chairs stack forward.
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec have "attempted to create a range of educational furniture which in form and identity has a clear dating in our age and which in a compelling manner uncovers the current functional needs of a university." They aspired to distance themselves from the "slightly institutional expression of the original chair and create furniture with greater originality and a more domestic expression."
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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).