French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have been awarded this year's London Design Medal following in the footsteps of illustrious designers and artists including Ron Arad, Thomas Heatherwick and Peter Saville. Awarded annually during the London Design Festival, this year's winners Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are well known for pared back, cleverly detailed work that transcends furniture, accessories and products for brands including Vitra, Alessi, Nanimarquina and Kartell, and most recently the installation of a crystal chandelier at the Château de Versailles in France.
Both brothers were born in Quimper, France. Ronan studied at the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and Erwan at the École des Beaux-Arts in Cergy-Pontoise. Ronan began independent design work immediately after completing his studies, while his brother, who was still in school, assisted him.
Since 1999 the Bouroullecs have worked together as joint partners in their own design firm. Their work ranges from small utilitarian objects to architecture, as well as domestic and office furniture, vases, porcelain dishware, jewellery and diverse home accessories. A primary focus of their work is the design and organisation of interior space.