Ronan Bouroullec and Erwan Bouroullec have been working together for 10 years, their collaboration a permanent dialogue nourished by their differing personalities and shared perfectionism. Based in Paris and both graduates of architecture, in 1997 they were spotted by Giulio Cappellini, who gave them their first industrial design projects, notably the Closed Bed and Spring Chair. In 2000, Issey Miyake asked them to design a space for his new collection of A- Poc clothes in Paris. Then came the decisive meeting with Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of Vitra, which resulted in their conception of a new kind of office system, Joyn, in 2002. This was the beginning of a special partnership which has resulted in numerous projects including Algues, the Alcove Sofa, the Worknest and the Slow Chair. Since 2004, the Bouroullecs have also been working with Magis, for whom they have designed two complete furniture collections, Striped and Steelwood. Today, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec design for numerous manufacturers, notably Vitra, Kvadrat, Magis, Kartell, Ligne Roset, Issey Miyake and Cappellini. At the same time, they maintain an experimental activity which is essential to the development of their work. Two monographs have been published about the design of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Ronan et Erwan Bouroullec – Catalogue de raison, published by Images Modernes and Kreo, 200, and Ronan et Erwan Bouroullec, by Phaidon in 2003.

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