1. Magis - a Design Story

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    • Officina collection, Magis, 2015

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      Wrough iron - the shaping of iron by hammering - is one of the oldest techniques for making objects. For Magis Officina collection, we wanted to work with this ancient process and give it a new visual language. The result is a system of legs with a newly made geometrical shape. As structural elements, they can create furniture of extreme sophistication, refinement and harmony. The surface of wrought iron is alive and imperfect, which lends the objects a special vibration. By reflecting the random, mechanical traces of the tools that gave them shape, these pieces bring a breath of fresh air to the industrial scheme. This new geometry is used to construct a large range of tables with tops of different size and nature (steel, wood, glass) as well as a chair and a stool with a injected plastic shell in different finishes (leather or plastic).

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      • Belleville collection, Vitra, 2015

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        Belleville hybrid chair is composed of a main frame in black polyamide that supports shells in different materials: polyamide, ultrathin plywood (4,5 mm) or upholstered (fabric or leather). Belleville collection comprises a chair and an armchair as well as rectangular and round tables (with aluminium legs and different tops). Belleville can speak different languages. During the development process, we always came back to this idea that Belleville collection should be able to accept and convey many different environments: indoor and outdoor, private and public… Belleville’s hybrid chair construction makes the chair subtle in regards of different situations: from one side the polyamide version allows heavy-duty outdoor environments, while on the other hand the upholstery and plywood shell versions belong to a softer landscape. The “one line” frame structure links the feet to the shells and continues into the armrests and into the backrest. Like a typographer does with the design of a letter, step-by-step we valued the proportions of this line in order to make it well balanced, but also to answer the demands of the production technology. Belleville chair is light, easy to grab and stack. So it moves from one place to another. Belleville family includes two tables with cast back powder-coated aluminum legs and tops available in laminate wood or stone.

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        • La Maison Flottante, 2006

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          The Floating House is a studio for resident artists and authors invited by the Cneai, national contemporary art center for publication. Initiated in 2002 by a public commission and finished in 2006, this habitable barge was realized in collaboration with the architects Jean-Marie Finot and Denis Daversin. The simple lines of the structure are a pragmatic and poetic answer to the thin budget dedicated to this challenging project. An aluminum skin enveloped by a wooden trellis delimits the long alcove laid onto the rectangular platform of the boat (23mx5m). In a global surface of 110m2 (with 23m2 of terraces), life and work are articulated around different spaces, neither defined nor definitive. Large flower pots placed on the terraces are the starting points of creepers that should invade the walls and roof. In the next future, plants will recover the whole, thus integrating the building within the landscape of the shores and providing further intimacy to the residents. Resting just above the water and moored to the impressionists’ island in Chatou, the Floating House softly sways to the rhythm of the Seine’s swirls. The changing reflections of the light onto the water pervade the wooden walls cut open by two glazed facades in the main rooms. From the inside of the studio, the picturesque landscape that inspired Renoir’s “Déjeuner des canotiers” in 1881 is visible everywhere, blurred by the mirroring surface of the river. A fairy tale atmosphere favoring inspiration and contemplation. The Floating House was conceived as a reproducible object, as it can be designed again with various lengths and rooms surfaces (the width is fixed by that of the river locks – in case the House boat moves).

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          • HAY - Copenhague Chair designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

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            HAY has invited Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, to design a new collection of furniture for the redesigned University of Copenhagen (KUA). The collection includes a wooden chair, a bar stool and several tables. The starting point for this series is based on an old university chair, inspired by the architect Bernt Pedersen’s trestle chair. This chair is a simple and beautiful chair with an uncomplicated identity. In our interpretation we have upheld the original chair typology (trestle chair) and sought to maintain the compelling simplicity of the original chair. Due to the symmetrical frames chairs and tables both stack vertically, allowing an almost infinite stacking, where most other chairs stack forward.

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            • HAY - Copenhague Chair designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

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              HAY has invited Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, to design a new collection of furniture for the redesigned University of Copenhagen (KUA). The collection includes a wooden chair, a bar stool and several tables. The starting point for this series is based on an old university chair, inspired by the architect Bernt Pedersen’s trestle chair. This chair is a simple and beautiful chair with an uncomplicated identity. In our interpretation we have upheld the original chair typology (trestle chair) and sought to maintain the compelling simplicity of the original chair. Due to the symmetrical frames chairs and tables both stack vertically, allowing an almost infinite stacking, where most other chairs stack forward.

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              • Kokeshi - East Japan Project のためのこけし

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                Kokeshi doll for East Japan Project Three years ago, after Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Kengo Kuma and East Japan Project (http://e-j-p.org/) proposed to collaborate with this region creating an object with the savoir-faire of craftsmen from the East of Japan. Some time ago, during a trip to Japan, we saw an exhibition about Japanese animal figurines. These small statues with different expressions made from different materials connected us with the craftspeople – the creators, and we were deeply moved by the simple and affectionate presence of their art, which has been passed on from their ancestors. We are also passionate collectors of books about Japan’s popular objects. We love to look them through to discover the quiet sophistication of objects. When some years ago we designed the Oiseau for Vitra, it was in some way a continuation of this bestiary. So when we started to work on the project for East Japan, we were naturally drawn to traditional Kokeshi manufacturing - wooden dolls created a hundred years ago by craftsmen in Tohoku region in northern Honshu. Their roundness, which we see emerging from each of the spins of the woodturning, has barely changed since. We breathe movement into the doll with a single articulation; wood comes alive and mimics the movement of a friendly Japanese greeting. The know-how of craftsman Fujisato Woodcraft and master Eihiro Sato made it possible. Film ©Studio Bouroullec

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                • Ruutu by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Iittala, 2014

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                  Ruutu, which means diamond or square in Finnish, is a collection of 10 vases available in five sizes and seven colours. When collected and combined, they make small seamless installations where both the strength and the delicate nature of the glass come alive. The fluidity and vibrant feel of the mouth blown glass creates the delicate character for Ruutu. Ruutu in stores in January 2015. Director / Camera - Juriaan Booij Edit - James Cundill Music - Andy Simmns Film on location in Iittala, Finland and Paris, France

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                  • IF I SAY MUTINA?

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