Ovale by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
for Alessi

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Ovale by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Alessi

French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have created a collection of tableware for Italian brand Alessi.

Ovale by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Alessi

Called Ovale, the collection of dishes, containers and tumblers feature rounded corners and sides that aren't parallel.

Ovale by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Alessi

The following was written by Alberto Alessi:


This is how Ronan and Erwan described the project: the Ovale collection strives to be original, but it also wants to be rustic and traditional.

Ovale by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Alessi

We set out in pursuit of delicate expression.

Ovale by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Alessi

This composition speaks about every day life, about breakfast, lunch, about everyone getting together for dinner.

Ovale by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Alessi

There is a desire for simplicity".

Ovale by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Alessi

Then, Ronan coined a new expression to describe Alessi, a likeness that appeals to me: "Alessi is very similar to the operation described in Tim Burton's movie adaptation of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a wonderful factory where Alessi produces cakes and sweets." says Ronan.

Ovale by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Alessi

Delicate, slightly expressive, simple, almost neo-primitive, deliberately saying "hold the sugar!", the complete table service, Ovale, marks the entry into the Alessi catalogue of the two brothers from Brittany.

Ovale by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Alessi

I am very grateful to them not only for this beautiful project - with its subsidiary expressiveness, I'm sure it will find its way among the major main course of our catalog - but also for having coined, defining a "producer of sweet things", a phrase worthy of Philippe Starck's definition in the 80s, "Alessi is a merchant of happiness."

Ovale by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Alessi

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Ovale by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Alessi

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See also:

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Axor Bouroullec by Ronan &
Erwan Bouroullec
Peneira by the Campana Brothers for Alessi Dezeen podcast with
Alberto Alessi
  • http://www.facebook.com/nunohenriquesdesign Nuno Henriques

    These guys are absolutely the best designers around…. I can't seem to find a bad product from them. Thumbs up!