L’Oiseau by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra


L’Oiseau by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

Milan 2011: More about Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec in Milan - this time a wooden bird for design brand Vitra.

L’Oiseau by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

Called L’Oiseau, the piece will be presented at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile.

L’Oiseau by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

Vitra also produce the Eames House Bird (shown above, alongside the Bouroullecs' design), based on an ornament that American designers Charles and Ray Eames brought back from their travels.

L’Oiseau by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

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L’Oiseau by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

The information below is from the designers:

L'Oiseau, Vitra

It is a simple bird without any other function than trying to propose a caring presence, a pleasant company. We have always been fascinated by animal representations whether they are primitive or more contemporary - from ivory bears made by the Inuit community to the Finnish birds made in blown glass. It could seem outdated to be interested in such subjects however we truly think that it is a necessary fantasy to continue supplementing this symbolic bestiary.

VITRA Salone del Mobile Hall 20 Booth C05 / D04

See also:


Osso by Ronan & Erwan
Losanges by Ronan & Erwan
Ploum by Ronan & Erwan

Posted on Tuesday March 29th 2011 at 4:27 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • CBT

    well have you heard..the…. word? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WNrx2jq184

    • Ronald


  • Barbra

    Very prenentious, these brothers are not the Eames, stop standing on their shoulders.

  • dan gordan

    True, the brother Bouroullec are not Eames and the bird isn't made by Eames either. It's a Eames house bird. That means they bought the bird for their house in California, it's probably native american or african handcraft.

  • CBT

    and now for a more serious comment. (it took a while to think what I really thought about this…and that is worth a compliment I think..makes you stop and think but….)
    such a pity that this modestly well designed/shaped object will probably be a very expensive piece of wood used by a lot of people to prove that they understand design and know about designers.
    Objects designed for status and branding are dangerous territories for designers if they want to stay sincere.

  • antepostnow

    much reminds me of my waldorf kindergarden days. very nicely crafted but not designed. hear the compliment, bros`

  • Patrick

    This is a beautiful and elegant sculpture. I wouldn't mind having it on my desk. Just unfortunate that it will, no doubt, be – as CBT stated above – marketed as a status piece and priced accordingly

  • Kerby

    A hommage to the Eames house bird, is it really neccessary ?

    Does it bring us something that the original doesn't ?

    For me the answer is no,

    Although for the Bouroullecs it puts them in terms of communication closer to the Eames.

    Also the original 'unique' bird was something personal to the Eames and as CBT evokes this new version will probably become an expensive commercial item.

    I'm sure the Eames would have said go out there, travel the world and find your own 'bird', a bird that means something to you . (and don't buy a production run from some trendy design brand)

  • MCnyc

    It's nice… in an etsy sort of way, not in a Bouroullecs + Vitra sort of way. Don't think there's anything new about it.

    {Put a bird on it and call it art} http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XM3vWJmpfo

  • james

    smooth. well sanded.