L’Oiseau

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2011

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Motifs drawn from nature have played an important role in interior furnishings since the earliest examples known to us, and natural forms and structures have also been a recurring theme in the work of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. L'Oiseau, an avian figure of archaic simplicity, is reminiscent of the unpretentious artefacts of Nordic folk art. Its sleek form attractively enriches contemporary interiors without the cuteness or even tackiness so commonly associated with animal figures.

L'Oiseau is available as a wooden bird made of milled maple and sanded to a smooth finish, or as a ceramic figure in a choice of colours. Considerable craftsmanship goes into the fabrication of each piece, making it a unique object with individual characteristics.

Wood (1)
Ceramics (4)
  • moss grey, gloss finish
    moss grey, gloss finish
  • ivory, matt finish
    ivory, matt finish
  • charcoal, matt finish
    charcoal, matt finish
  • ivy, gloss finish
    ivy, gloss finish
Material description
  • Material: ceramic, glazed finish, or solid maple.

How L'Oiseau Is Made in Ceramic


The decorative ceramic figure L'Oiseau is hand crafted in a process requiring several different steps. The film provides a brief insight into the complex fabrication of this accessory designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.



Video: Marek Iwicki, DER ACHTE OZEAN
Music: Volodymyr Antoniv

This product was designed by
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
The brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec live and work in Paris. Their oeuvre ranges from small everyday objects to architectural projects. They have worked with Vitra since 2000 and have contributed numerous designs to both the office and home collections.
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