(smow)offline: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec – Lianes, Galerie Kreo, Paris
No, we don’t handle the PR for Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
We would like to.
But we don’t.
It’s just the Brothers are not only among the most assiduous contemporary designers, but they also keep producing work that needs to be presented.
For one reason or another.
Such as Lianes, a lamp that forms part of their new show at Galerie Kreo in Paris.
Galerie Kreo has in a way become a sort of “Haute couture” stomping ground for Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s first show at Galerie Kreo in 2001 included such gems as Parasol lumineux and the room divider Cabane. Since then Les frères Bouroullec have produced four further shows at Galerie Kreo, shows which have included items such as Lit Clos, “Paravent” or “Sofa”
All in essence concept pieces and all an important part in the creative and professional development of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
With such an exhibition there is no commercial pressure; just the personal pressure of creating that object that embodies your intentions.
Their sixth Galerie Kreo show includes two objects that don’t really excite us, and one that does.
For us Roches and Conques are decent projects; but nothing particularly new.
Lianes, in contrast excites us a lot.
Lamps on the end of long cables are very much in fashion at the moment; or indeed if we’re brutally honest have been ever since Flos released the Mayday Lamp by Konstantin Grcic.
Our current favorite in the genre, however, is Ray by Berlin design collective llot llov.
Lianes is in essence a refined Ray, with the advantage that one can position the lamp on the cable as required.
Whereas Ray either sits on the ground or can be positioned elsewhere through knots; Lianes simply slides up and down the leather cord to the required height.
High for general room lighting, exactly positioned for reading, low for gentle background light.
And if you can’t find your Hamster, Lianes is flexible enough to help you look behind your USM Haller sideboard.
And somehow we have the feeling we ‘ll be seeing a little more of Lianes in the future.
And for those of you in or near Paris,the exhibition by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec at Galerie Kreo runs until July 22nd.
31, rue Dauphine 75006 Paris, France
T. +33 (0)1 53 10 23 00 E.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 11AM to 7PM