Lianes, Roches and Conques by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec 24.05.10

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Lianes hanging lights are dense network of cords and nodes

French designers Rowan and Erwan Bouroullec are exhibiting a collection of new work inspired by nature at Galerie Kreo in Paris. The show at Galerie Kreo features three new projects by the brothers: Lianes hanging lights, Roches wall-mounted shelves and Conques wall lamps. Here, the natural forms of vines, rocks and conch shells form the basis of the designs, creating intriguingly organic pieces.

The idea behind the Lianes is to unify all the elements of the lamp, from the long cables to the fixation points to the actual lit shell, say the brothers. The interconnected lamps are draped across the gallery creating a dense network of cords and nodes. Despite their tangled look, it's easy to adjust the height of each light. Every intertwined element, including the fixings on the ceilings from which it is hung, is covered with black or flesh-coloured leather.

The shiny Conques wall lights, made from glass fibre painted black, also explore network and adjustability – they can be powered solo through a wireless system (surely the most dramatic), but it can also be connected with other Conques as seen here.

The simplest pieces in the collection are the Roches wall shelves, also made from glass fibre. They come in eight different sizes and are painted in a matte paint to make them appear stone-like. Both the Roches and Conques use invisible mounting points to create the illusion of them growing from the wall.

The Bouroullecs have collaborated with Galerie Kreo for ten years now and the fruitful partnership has resulted in some of their most celebrated work, including their modular room-dividing system Clouds, which is now in production with Kvadrat. They have compared working with Galerie Kreo to working on a sketchpad, free from the traditional constraints of industry and mass production – a place to breathe.

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Roches wall shelves have invisible mounting points and come in different sizes

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Conques wall lights can be used on their own or can be connected with other Conques

The exhibition is at Galerie Kreo in Paris until July 22

 

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Natasha Lyons

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The idea behind the Lianes is to unify all the elements of the lamp, from the long cables to the fixation points to the actual lit shell, say the brothers

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