You work on a big range of tasks. Is there a common design philosophy uniting these fields?
It's more a matter of method than of philosophy. One important facet is related to what one could call 'facing reality'. Most of our designs are based on the use of few materials, few details, and few words. We try to strongly value and express the decisions we take detail by detail. The biggest part of our approach is to find a way to build, to really work with technique. We always attempt to enhance technique and detail and we want our object to reflect the way it has been made. And we strongly search for a certain ergonomy. For us, ergonomy is less about dealing with the body; it has more to do with a certain culture, the culture of mankind, the 'flavour' that makes you feel more at ease or less at ease. This also means that there is a strong link between ergonomy and the issue of building. Most constructive details relate to a culture that nobody is taught anymore. Today, nobody is taught why linen is stitched in a certain way or why the legs of a chair have a certain angle. These are parts of reality that have evolved over centuries of logic and in the end led to a certain answer. It is important to discern the moment at which a technical answer became 'right'. Most of the time, if a technical answer is right the culture behind it is universal.
Ronan Bouroullec (born 1971) and Erwan Bouroullec (born 1976) count among the most renowned designers worldwide. Based in Paris, they have collaborated with a large number of international manufacturers on a broad range of tasks, objects and interiors. Their work has received numerous international awards and has been presented in several exhibitions, including the Design Museum in London, the MOCA in Los Angeles, Centre Pompidou Metz, and the Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Designs of the Bouroullecs are part of select international museums’ collections such as the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Design Museum in London.