Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2016
The shape of the Nuage vases made its first appearance in the oeuvre of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in 2002. Reminiscent of a cloud, the motif was originally produced as a plastic shelf module that can be grouped into clusters or large-scale configurations. Eight tubular cavities pierce the flat surfaces of the modular element while also defining the form's outer contours. Over the years, the Bouroullec brothers have varied this shape and repeatedly incorporated it in their graphic work. For the Nuage vase, the designers executed the cloud motif in varying lengths. The cavities in the basic form are now positioned upright, dividing the vase into eight tubes that can be used for the artful arrangement of flowers and grasses. The undulating surfaces produce an attractive interplay of light and shadow, and individual vases can be assembled into entire 'cloud formations'. The Nuages vases are made of coloured, anodised aluminium or ceramic and come in several different sizes.
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.