Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec - Contemporary Art London Friday, October 13, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Kreo, Paris

  • Literature

    Domus, n. 840, September 2001, pp. 122-129; Laurent Le Bon, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec catalogue de raison, Paris, 2002, illustrated on the front and back cover and pp. 70-71; Renny Ramakers, Less + More - Droog Design in context, Rotterdam, 2002, pp. 180–184; Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, et al., Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, London, 2003, pp. 148, 150-151, 154-156, 202 and back cover; Los Angeles Times Magazine, June 2004, pp. 20-23

  • Catalogue Essay

    Named after the Japanese automotive company, the “Honda” vase is sprayed with a deep colored paint similarly used by the auto manufacturer. Its design consists of two contradictory surfaces: the outer shell is highly reflective while the inner form is a deep matte color which absorbs light, thus creating a void, a virtual black hole, which acts as backdrop. This juxtaposition of depth and flatness creates a multi-dimensional, illusory object whose hyper-modern aesthetic emphasizes the organic material which lives inside. The “Honda” vase was exhibited at the Issey Miyake Design Studio Gallery in Tokyo and at the Design Museum, London, in 2002.

    The French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec were born in Quimper in 1971 and 1976 respectively. Working together since 1999, they have since won several design awards including “Creator of the Year” at the Salon du Meuble in 2002. They collaborate with manufacturers such as Vitra, Issey Miyake, Ligne Roset and Kréo Gallery and have exhibited in solo and collective exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Boijmans Museum of Art in Rotterdam. Their work can be found in the permanent collections of the MOMA in New York, the Musée National d’Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Design Museum in London.


"Honda" vase

Painted fiberglass, plastic, lead; internal flower holder: lead, rubber.
40 1/7 in. (102 cm) high, 21 1/4 in. (54 cm) diameter
Produced by Galerie Kreo, Paris. Number 3 from an edition of 8 in the eggplant edition. Signed “R + E BOUROULLEC N° 3/8 2001”to the underside and the flower holder impressed “JAPAN:LEAD:” on the front.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £18,000

Contemporary Art

14 Oct 2006, 7pm