Erwan Bouroullec and Ronan Bouroullec L‘oiseaufor Vitra While furniture is undoubtedly the core element of any interior design, it is only when furnishings are combined with decorative and personal items that an atmospherically rich and vibrant collage is created. Fabric, colours, lighting, objects and accessories evoke sensory impressions that allow rooms to be designed and redesigned in line with altered moods and requirements. Natural themes have played a critical role since the earliest known interiors, and are also reflected in the work of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
L‘Oiseau, the representation of a bird in repose, was designed initially as a non- commissioned work in their studio. Ronan Bouroullec describes the inspiration behind it: “We have always been fascinated by animal figures, from the primitive to the contemporary, from bears made of walrus tooth to blown glass birds from Finland. It may no longer seem modern to deal with these themes, but we think that particularly in our current era it is important to further expand this symbolic realm of beasts creatively.” Shaped from maple wood and gently smoothed, L‘Oiseau conjures the clarity of the wooden objects of Nordic folk art. L‘Oiseau adds a sympathetic note to modern interiors without being at all cutesy or kitschy like many other animal figures.