The Bouroullecs: Weekend Inspiration

The Bouroullecs: Weekend Inspiration

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Maxwell Ryan
Jun 25, 2004
As you head home from work at the end of a busy work week, here are a few thoughts to take with you. The pictures are of the Bouroullec's recent '"Clip" series of hanging room dividers that are made up of hundreds of separate pieces, one like seaweed, the other like regular old household clothes pins. I came across them in this article, Between Brothers (Metropolis), which provides a very nice sketch: One must spend time with the designers to understand the power of discretion. They are the opposite of showy or precious. In the context of a design world dominated by puffed-up impresarios and publicity hounds, the Bouroullecs—down-to-earth and downright sweet—begin to seem exotic. Among their more endearing traits: they’re barely aware of their own press. (they have never had press kits and don’t have business cards.) They run their own errands (when Erwan realized the studio was out of coffee, he dashed to a nearby market to buy more.) They don’t look designy or own designy things. Their office is deliberately off the radar, in St. Denis, a colorful blue-collar suburb north of Paris. (I initially mistook their unmarked office, located on a small side street a few doors down from an auto-body shop, for a garage.) But perhaps the most undesignerlike of all is their sense of calm. “We know our office is out of the way, but it’s a good filter,” Ronan says. “Those who find us tend to be sympathetic personalities.” (Metropolis/photos Vitra) MGR (for more see previous post, The Bouroullec Brothers Are Invading)
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