Officina Collection by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
The Bouroullec brothers and Magis have teamed to create the Officina collection. The pieces are made out of rustic wrought iron and they are a perfect balance between craftsmanship and industrial design.
The design was inspired by the process of metal work itself. The Italian design company Magis has strong history in mastering this ancient craft. The project with Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec made them veer from their traditional techniques into a more experimental ones. This required the heating of a rod and pressing it at just the right temperature and then point to link it with another rod to form a structure. The iron is galvanized before being painted in polyester powder. Each piece is then joined to the other fine materials (steel, tempered glass, American walnut wood, carrara marble, Ardesia slate and leather).
“We wanted to work with this ancient fabrication process and give it a new visual language … 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.” the Bouroullecs said.
The result is a collection tables, chairs and stools with a system of legs that has a newly made geometrical shape.
Ronan Bouroullec (born in 1971) and Erwan Bouroullec (born in 1976) have been working together for about ten years now. Their collaboration is a permanent dialogue, nourished by their distinct personalities and a shared notion of diligence, with the intention to achieve greater balance and refinement.
In 1997, they presented their Disintegrated Kitchen at the Salon du Meuble in Paris, where it was spotted by Giulio Cappellini, who gave them their first industrial design commissions. The Bouroullecs have been working with Magis since 2004, designing two complete furniture collections – Striped and Steelwood – as well as additional projects such as Pila chair, Pilo table, Central and Tambour tables, and this year the new Officina collection.
These days, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec design for numerous manufacturers, including Vitra, Kvadrat, Magis, Kartell, Established and Sons, Ligne Roset, Axor, Alessi, Issey Miyake, Cappellini, Mattiazzi, Flos, Mutina, Hay and more recently Glas Italia and Iittala. They also continue to carry out their own experimental activity which is essential to the development of their work at Galerie kreo, Paris, where four exhibitions of their designs were held between 2001 and 2012. They also embark on occasional architectural projects.
Voted Designers of the Year at the Salon du Meuble in 2002, their other awards include the Compasso d’Oro won in 2011 for the Steelwood chair they designed for Magis.