French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are sibling collaborators, having worked together for over fifteen years, whose designs revolutionize the way we look at furniture and art. The Paris-based brothers find that the “things” in one’s home have not only multiplied in quantity but they’ve also depreciated in quality. The duo seek to offer movable furnishings that feature functionality, flexibility, adaptability and, perhaps most importantly, something worth looking at.
The Bouroullec brothers have a very abstract and artistic take on objects to be found in the modern home. Their fabric-based modular system known as Clouds is an intriguing, at times sculptural, alternative to the standard, drab wall or partition. Like some of their other works, Clouds can be defined as “microarchitecture”–items that are larger than furniture but smaller than architecture. The individual “petals” in the network of varied geometric components are assembled with elastic bands. Essentially, there are endless possibilities for the three-dimensional volumes to shift its shape into. As such, the remarkably involved geometric form provides guests with plenty to look at and be stimulated by.
Clouds is currently part of the designers’ exhibition titled Bivouac, featuring a large selection of their space-altering and innovative designs, at MCA Chicago through January 20, 2013.