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Ronan und Erwan Bouroullec create cloudy vases für Vitra

Nuage Launch Installation, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec ©Studio Bouroullec
Nuage Launch Installation, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec ©Studio Bouroullec

In 2002, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created a module shelf system, reminiscent of a cloud, that can be grouped into clusters or large-scale configurations. Eight tubular cavities pierce the flat surfaces of the modular element while also defining the form’s outer contours. Now the designers had picked up this shape again to create the vases Nuage for Vitra.

Nuage Launch Installation, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec ©Studio Bouroullec
Nuage Launch Installation, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec ©Studio Bouroullec

For the Nuage vase, the designers executed the cloud motif in extruded aluminium profiles of varying lengths. The cavities in the basic form are now positioned upright, dividing the vase into eight individual tubes that can be used for the artful arrangement of flowers and grasses. The undulating surfaces, with an anodised finish in various colours, produce an attractive interplay of light and shadow. Thanks to their precise outer contours, the vases can be fitted together to create entire ‘cloud formations’.

“For Zaha” Installation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Fire Station, Foto: Julien Lanoo © Vitra
“For Zaha” Installation by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Fire Station, Foto: Julien Lanoo © Vitra

The vases had a special appearance in an installation dedicated to Zaha Hadid who died in March this year. At the Vitra Fire Station, which is part of the Vitra Campus in the German city of Weil am Rhein, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec installed 120 Nuage vases in different heights, of which some were filled with tall flowers and grasses.

Further information:
www.vitra.com
www.bouroullec.com