the bouroullec brothers: apartment 50

by Grace Bonney

it’s no secret that if there was a bouroullec brothers fan club, i would be the super geeky president. or at the very least, an enthusiastic secretary. i’ve been following their work since i first moved to new york and got to see their work through my job in pr and have been a mega-fan ever since. starting next month in marseille, ronan and erwan will be showing a selection of their furniture and decor designs in an apartment that is part of the le corbusier-designed “radiant city”. after being introduced to the apartment owners by jasper morrison, ronan and erwan worked to remodel the space in time for a summer display. the home isn’t intended as a museum, but rather as a space to see their work in a real-life (albeit a very chic, modern, and magazine-worthy real life) setting. the exhibition will be held from july 15th through august 15th, so if you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and stare for me. i can’t get enough of this duo’s work. click here for more info (downloadable pdf).

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  • That’s a very interesting idea! Use a real live design portfolio. What better way to grasp the designer’s vision by actually seeing it!

    Very nice indeed! I downloaded the pdf and will try and stalk for you!

  • thanks for sharing the file. the images are so fabulous. I wish I could reach out and touch the sheets. Those blue display cases are so inspiring.

  • I’ve only just recently been an admirer of their work after seeing them in “Objectified” … I believe they were working on the Steelwood chair in the flim! These installations are gorgeous… did they add the pops of color everywhere too?

  • the bouroullec brothers are delicious designers. (i knew i adored design*sponge for many reasons, but now i have another…) my husband has curated several shows of their work for fine art museums (MOCA LA, and MCA chicago) and they are ever deserving of such public praise and consumption. i too can not get enough. to boot, they are amazing people. they come from folksy Brittany which says a lot about their knowledge of the traditions of homemadeness and classic objects from france and other parts of the world that they never lose touch with even as they design mass produced, highly honed products for major design companies. salt of the earth. the real deal. keep at it grace, love your blog.

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