The Centre Pompidou-Metz presents the first major exhibition in France dedicated to the work of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
A fabulous Bivouac, staged across 1,000 square metres in Galerie 3 of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, this exhibition of works by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec sets out the result of almost fifteen years of mutual collaboration. Their first major solo show in France, Bivouac highlights an exceptional international career, during which the two brothers have worked with some of the greatest names in design, been crowned by numerous awards and the presence of their work in public collections.
Imagined as a temporary encampment – hence its name – Bivouac is deliberately divested of scenographic elements other than the Bouroullecs’ work. Movement is imparted by contrasting scales, transparency and superpositions. Visitors are invited to wander around the gallery, moving between prototypes and finished objects, mass-produced and hand-crafted works. Bivouac highlights the immense diversity of these creations and economies achieved in production. It also addresses key concepts in the Bouroullecs’ research: objects which are nomadic, ephemeral, modular, organic, flexible.
The exhibition is neither an inventory nor a retrospective of their work. Rather, it illustrates the current state of their designs and research, in constant evolution.
A soft leather shell, comfortable and protective. A refined and simple easy chair. Neat, essential, and comfortable. Roberto Lazzeroni designed the Ginger chair both as a natural accompaniment to the Fred desk, and as a separate seat.
The swivel version is perfect for a study area, while the fixed model is ideal for a dining table. There is a continual play of references between Ginger and Fred in the design, materials and workmanship. Ginger’s frame is in special rigid, high density, low thickness, moulded polyurethane. It is completely covered by a single layer of 5 mm thick Saddle Leather Extra, in two variants: Dark Brown or Camel.
Fred Desk, Ginger Chair, by Roberto Lazzeroni, for Poltrona Frau
Japanese designer Junpei Tamaki, has completed a chair composed of exactly 2450 polycarbonate pieces, one clear and one in white.
2450 white / clear Chair, by Junpei Tamaki
Studioilse presents the Companions family of furniture, designed to support daily life. The family includes a bed and bedside table available in white oiled chestnut with cork bowls as storage for private bits. Also in natural oiled chestnut or painted – pure white RAL 9010 or black brown RAL 8022. In addition is a slim writing desk, proportioned to fit in the spaces in between. This also has a cork bowl for wires and plugs, and a top that can close to hide away papers and laptops.
Also launching are the Sidekicks, a series of small occasional tables that live throughout the home to accommodate our different activities. They are the right height and dimension to sit next to sofas and chairs, for drinks and snacks, papers and magazines, or a short time on the laptop. They come in 60cm dia / 30cm h, 41cm dia / 50cm h, 60cm dia / 71cm h (polished aluminium, copper, brass) and 100cm / 71cm h in polished aluminium. There is also a height adjustable table available in polished aluminium, copper and brass.
Alias revisits a key archive project by Pio Manzù, the brilliant protagonist of Italian automobile design during the sixties. The idea materialised at the GAMeC of Bergamo where the archives of Pio Manzù’s work are stored. It is here that Renato Staffaucher and the designer’s son, Giacomo Manzoni, met in 2010. Together they studied sketches, projects and materials until their attention was drawn to a prototype chair designed for the Rinascente department store, clearly taking its inspiration from the automobile industry. Unfortunately, the chair base was missing and only one photograph had survived to tell its story. So began an exciting journey of research and reconstruction. Three-dimensional systems were used to redesign the five-star base originally created in Pio Manzù’s day by a collaborating Japanese artist. At the same time, the leather prototype, which had been damaged over the course of time, was carefully restored. The re-edition began to take form and finally reach its completion. The decision was made to integrate a footrest on a four-star base, designed to be wholly coherent with the design and proportions of the chair. This journey of culture and design has given Alias the opportunity to discover a deep-rooted affinity with the historical figure of Pio Manzù. One of the first designers to have conceived the man-machine relationship beyond mere function, considering aspects of safety and well-being, Manzù’s uncompromising approach to design and his familiarity with technology made him a genuine pioneer in the sphere of ergonomics.
“Little Ben is inspired by the shape of an old English tea table. During our research we had noticed that because of its size, small side tables for living rooms allow either place for coffee and tea, or serve as a repository for the daily newspaper and books. Our aim was to accommodate both possibilities in a occasional table and also maintain the classic elegant shape of a traditional coffee table. It was resolved by taking a recess in the table leg, that allows to collect upright or rolled magazines. The occasional table is made out of beech wood with small construction tricks by classic wood turner crafts.”
Little Ben Table, by Designer, for Studio Dreimann
The Scatter Shelf is composed of 5mm black acrylic shelves in a grid form, stacked in three layers and slightly displaced. The resulting shelving unit is not only structurally strong but creates a visual effect in which objects placed on the shelves appear as though caught in a spider’s web when viewed from the front. When viewed on an angle, the glossy acrylic face creates a series of reflections within the shelves, making the ‘opaque’ acrylic appear to be transparent. The diffused reflections caused by the surfaces’ shine and form also separates and scatters the view behind the shelving unit, creating a completely kaleidoscopic effect.
Scatter Shelf, by Nendo
Photos by: Masayuki Hayashi
This trio of outdoor furniture is designed for the garden, terrace or the swimming pool – either at home, at the restaurant or at a hotel. Part of the larger BD Showtime Collection designed by Jaime Hayon, which takes its inspiration from MGM musicals.
The Showtime armchairs have an optional cover, to take shelter from the sun or for reading or listening to music in privacy.
The designer has a true passion for simplicity and minimal construction, where maximum strength is achieved with a minimal use of material and components.
All of this is reflected in Mensa6, Michael Schougaard Svane latest design. (2011 winner of reddot design award) The table with a 6mm thick table top only consists of 4 components and the principals of minimal construction is used to achieve maximum strength and stability.
Mensa6 Table, by Michael Schougaard Svane