A calyx shaped metal shell is inhabited by carefully organized holes made by the technique of punching metal sheets. This allows to create delicate shapes that recall textile sensations and are robust enough to stand the test of time.
The very beginning of the slow chair was the fascination for knitted textile. Ronan & Erwan were expecting a lot from this material, many performances in terms of stretching and maintain at the same time. They had this intuition that this precise textile would be able to carry a body while taking its shape with a certain subtlety. Here, form and material are very much interrelated.
Serif is a collection of screens, televisions, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec designed for Samsung during the past two years. A television that moves away from a preoccupation with ultra-flat screens.
Ronan and Erwan were seeking to express the purity of glass blowing in this simple diamond shape. Glass is a material that likes round shapes. When hot it flows like honey and does not like to be pulled into a very precise geometric shape. By developing the strict shape they are reaching the limits of the material, and using the highest level of the Iittala glass-blowing expertise.
Vegetal could not have existed without the technical sophistication of modern software, in the same way that it could not have moved on from the finesse intrinsic to the stages of design drawing by hand. It is the close association of these two processes that has been so special. The complexity of its form, which must be uniform as a tree or a flower would be, has continuously forced Ronan & Erwan to rethink the whole thing in respect of each detail: one might say, this chair has been redesigned a thousand times.
To follow the subtle shape of the metal piece, the stamping process required deep technological research. It led to the elaboration of almost ten successive stamping stages in order to get the final curvature.
The Ready Made Curtain requires the participation of the owner in its making. Everything one needs to fix the curtain is provided: a hanging cord, wall fixings, pegs, and a selection of Kvadrat textiles.