Bouroullec brothers design minimal coloured Ruutu vases for Iittala

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Bouroullec brothers design minimal coloured Ruutu vases for Iittala

French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have created a set of diamond-shaped coloured vases for Finnish design brand Iittala (+ slideshow).

Ruutu vases by Bouroullec brothers for Iittala

The Bouroullec brothers – who were recently awarded the London Design Medal – designed ten vases for their collection called Ruutu, which means diamond or square in Finnish.

"We were seeking to express the purity of glass blowing in this simple diamond shape," explained the designers.

Ruutu vases by Bouroullec brothers for Iittala

"Glass is a material that likes round shapes. By developing the strict shape we are reaching the limits of the material."

Ruutu vases by Bouroullec brothers for Iittala

Each vessel takes seven craftsmen 24 hours to produce at Iittala's glass factory in Finland, where the iconic collection of curvaceous vases by Modernist designer Alvar Aalto is also produced.

Ruutu vases by Bouroullec brothers for Iittala

The Bouroullec's designs come in five sizes and seven watercolour tones, which can be fitted together in different arrangements to overlay the colours.

Ruutu vases by Bouroullec brothers for Iittala

"Ruutu allows a game of composition," said the duo. "We wanted to show the sophisticated range of Iittala colours while at the same time handing the job over to the user who will feel tempted to have several modules to create his or her own individual assemblage."

Ruutu vases by Bouroullec brothers for Iittala

Each Ruutu vase has the designers' names engraved on the base.

Ruutu vases by Bouroullec brothers for Iittala

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have also used coloured glass to create a furniture collection for Glas Italia, presented in Milan earlier this year.