The Belville Collection
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec Thursday 02 Apr 2015

With the hybrid Belleville chair the Bouroullec brothers, Ronan and Erwan, wanted to challenge the traditional design of the monobloc plastic chair. Belleville is composed of a main frame in black polyamide that supports shells in different materials: polypropylene, ultrathin plywood or upholstered with fabric or leather.

The Belleville collection comprises of a chair, another chair with arms as well as rectangular and round tables. During the development process, Bouroullec brothers consistently came back to the idea that the Belleville collection should be able to accept and convey many different environments: indoor and outdoor, private and public. The hybrid construction makes the chair subtle in regard to different situations: from one side the polyamide version allows heavy-duty outdoor locations, while on the other hand the upholstery and plywood shell versions belong to a softer landscape.

The "one line" frame structure links the feet to the shells and continues into the armrests and into the backrest. The designers focussed on making its proportions well balanced, but also to answer the demands of the production technology. The Belleville chair is light and easy to grab and stack so it can easily be moved from one place to another.

The Belleville family includes two tables with powder-coated aluminium legs and tops available in laminate wood or stone.


Photo Credit: Studio Bouroullec

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).