Roman and Erwan Bouroullec
(born 1971) and Erwan Bouroullec (born 1976) have been working together for some
ten years. Their collaboration is a permanent dialogue nourished by their
differing personalities and shared perfectionism.
In 1997 they presented their “Disintegrated Kitchen” at the Salon du Meuble in
Paris and were spotted by Giulio Cappellini, who gave them their first
industrial design projects, notably the Lit clos (Closed Bed) and Spring Chair.
In 2000, Issey Miyake asked them to design a space for his new collection of
A-Poc clothes in Paris. Then came the decisive meeting with Rolf Fehlbaum,
chairman of Vitra, which resulted in their conception of a new kind of office
system, Joyn, in 2002. This was the beginning of a special partnership which has
borne fruit in numerous projects, including Algues, the Alcove Sofa, the
Worknest and the Slow Chair. Since 2004, the Bouroullecs have also been working
with Magis, for whom they have designed two complete furniture collections,
Striped and Steelwood. Finally, they have worked on several types of textile
wall systems, such as the North Tiles, in close collaboration with the Kvadrat
brand, for whom they designed a new Stockholm showroom in 2006.