On Now: The fabulous Bouroullec brothers

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Bivouac, an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, presents the duo’s furnishings, fixtures and accessories for such manufacturers as Vitra, Axor, Flos and Alessi, in all their glory.

Covering 1,000 square metres in the Galerie 3 of the Shigeru Ban–designed art centre, the presentation covers 15 years of work. It shows off the endlessly creative pieces that have garnered Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec immense acclaim – everything from their Clouds partitions for Kvadrat and the Vegetal chair for Vitra to the Aim lamp for Flos and Losanges rug for Nanimarquina.

The show also includes prototypes. As the brothers told Azure contributor Tim McKeough, in our June 2011 profile “The Search for Originality,” these rough models feed into their designs in more ways than one. “In making drawings and mock-ups and things like that, we generate a complex system of information. In small details, we create points that feed the larger works,” explained Erwan.

To coincide with the exhibit, the Bouroullecs have created Cercles, an iPad app that walks you through their creative process.

Bivouac runs at the Centre Pompidou Metz until July 30, 2012.

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