Chestnut wood and 3D-printed PLA screen
Wooden twigs are linked together by 3D-printed connectors
17 Screens by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec was realised across a year of research and development, and combines traditional crafts with advanced technologies. Unlike most previous projects they conceived, 17 Screens was developed independently of a pre-commissioned end-product, having been realised as a museum installation from the start. Aquarelle drawings were translated into a set of interrelated units made of glass, aluminium, ceramics and textile mesh, with surfaces creating an interplay of light and colour corresponding to changing ambient conditions, like seemingly generic “partitions” that project an individual touch.
enamelled ceramic, anodised aluminium, elastic band and cable screen
Currently being exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 17 screens is the result of a research on materials and production, you can see the exhibition until end of March.
French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have been working together for over 20 years now. Their interpretive approach to design channels the discussion away from notions of aesthetics or technology towards a more conceptual setting. Drawing primarily on organic phenomena, they produce furniture and design elements that converge in intricate formations, like a sophisticated second nature that undermines the commonplace hierarchies of objects and space through units that are essentially moveable. Away from the succession of trends in the field, their project is based on an ongoing macro-sociological research of living environments – habitations and work spaces – as informed by societal relations. Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec pieces often double as moveable partitions, which allow, while delimiting the space, for a new and more flexible spatial typology to emerge, as well as an intimacy in shared spaces.
The show incorporates interweaving sequences of modular elements made of ceramics, aluminium, glass, wooden branches and textile, held together by custom made connections and hanging systems.
embroidered polyester screen
blown glass, elastic band, cord
enamelled ceramic, cable screen
all images courtesy of ronan and erwan bouroullec