Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Oblique & Chevron by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec express the luminosity of glass, particularly the immersive quality of stained glass. Traditional stained glass—with its faceted surfaces and dazzling colors set in lead frames, which both define and offset the richness of the color—was designed to evoke a sense of magic and wonder among medieval churchgoers. The Bouroullecs bring the same otherworldly and nearly mystical sense to more abstract patterns, delighting in the play of scale, light, and fluidity created by the interaction between pattern and palette. The colors of Oblique & Chevron have been distilled and extracted at a nearly molecular level from eight photographs taken by the Bouroullecs. When overlaid onto the patterns and viewed at a large scale the colors multiply, revealing a fluid and harmonious color landscape. As stained glass is shaped by its lead frames, the colors are shaped and reshaped by the lines of each individual pattern, their density and distribution changing almost imperceptibly. The result is a sense that the glass is almost alive with a delicate pulse, capable of evoking the same sense of wonder as its medieval counterpart.

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Ronan (born 1971) and Erwan Bouroullec (born 1976) are brothers and designers based in Paris. They were spotted by the Italian design firm Cappellini, which gave them their first industrial design projects and their first solo show at the Cappellini Gallery in 2001. They have since worked with Issey Miyake, Artek, Alessi, Axor Hansgrohe, Hay, Kettal, Kvadrat, Kartell, Glas Italia, Ligne Roset, Magis, Iittala, Mattiazzi, Mutina, Nani Marquina, Samsung, and Vitra. Their work is included in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Pompidou Center and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Design Museum in London, and the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam. They have additionally been the subject of several monographic exhibitions, including Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec at the Design Museum, London (2002); Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2004); Album at the Vitra Design Museum (2012); and Bivouac at the Pompidou Center Metz (2011) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2012–2013). Publications about the Bouroullecs include: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec (Phaidon, 2003); Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec - Catalog of Reason (Modern Images / kreo, 2002); Works (Phaidon Press, 2012); and Drawing (JRP Ringier, 2013), a collection of more than 850 of their drawings from 2005 to 2012. The designers also collaborate with Galerie kreo, an experimental site in Paris that is essential to the development of their work.

Glass Type
Starphire® low-iron tempered safety glass;
Laminated safety glass

Glass Sizes
Fabrication sizes up to 72" x 144";
Digital Printing: Fabrication sizes up to 72" x 120"

Glass Thickness
1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4"

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