L’Oiseau by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is a decorative wooden figure which has been milled from natural maple and sanded smooth. Reminiscent of the wooden objects in Nordic folk art, the design has an austere simplicity that avoids the cute or kitsch look so commonly associated with animal figures.
Material: ceramic with glazed finish, or solid maple wood.
Origin of wood: maple (Acer platanoides) from Western Europe and/or Poland.
Material: solid maple.
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.
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.