Accompanying the first major show for Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, a new 100-page book marks their work and collaboration with the Centre Pompidou-Metz in Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Writers including designer Andrea Branzi and art and design critics Alice Rawthorn and Alex Coles have penned insights into a career shaped by high-tech manufacturing, a love of furniture tradition and the reinvention of centuries-old craftsmanship.
The exhibition organised by the Centre Pompidou-Metz and overseen in Chicago by Michael Darling and James W Alsdorf, Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), opens at the MCA Chicago in October where galleries will bring the book to life with spaces divided by a sea of shapes bristling with ideas and design refined and beautiful, across the landscape of furniture, objects and architecture.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec work with some of the most influential and innovative manufacturers including Kartell, Vitra, Kvadrat and Hans Grohe. Works by the brothers are at once recognisable. A well-known example is the high-tech meets tradition Joyn table for Vitra that takes its cue from the communal kitchen table that the brothers would gather around when staying at their grandparents' country home as children.
Other highlights on show are Algue, a system of interlocking pieces that snap together to create an organic screen, the Panier storage/side table and Papyrus chair for kartell as well as the all-engulfing Slow chair also for Vitra.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago on October 18, 2012 and runs until January 20, 2013.