Textile Field

Sep

17-25

2011

Monday to Sunday

Free Event

Landmark Project

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec chose the Raphael Court, built specifically to house seven enormous works by Italian painter Raphael, to house their sprawling and immense installation at the V&A in 2011.

'The Raphael Cartoons are really important pieces, but in a way they are kind of difficult to look at because they're from such a different time,' said Erwan Bouroullec, of France's most accomplished design team, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. 'It has this quality of a church,' said Erwan Bouroullec, 'a really wonderful volume, but then in a way it makes you feel too small - a sense of sacré - holiness.'

Creating an installation capable of transforming such an august space without destroying that sense of reverence was not going to be an easy task, but the Breton-born brothers have a reputation for work that is, as designer Jasper Morrison has said, 'thoughtful and disciplined, with a real spirit and poetry'. Since being spotted by Giulio Cappellini at the 1997 Salon du Meuble, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec have created designs for Issey Miyake, Vitra, Magis, Kartell, Established & Sons, Ligne Roset, Axor, Alessi and, more recently, Flos and Mattiazzi. But one of their most creative partnerships has been with the innovative Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat. Their special role with Kvadrat has been about designing textile systems that can be deployed quickly to radically transform spaces, subtly altering the visitor's experiences of them. As Anders Byriel, Kvadrat's CEO says: 'We like to be involved in projects wherever people interpret space in new ways and the Raphael Court is just an amazing space.'

Textile Field was Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec's most ambitious collaboration yet, which took over 240 square metres of the gallery floor, with gentle undulations of soft fabric, and created an expansive coloured foam and textile lounge that invited visitors to spend time relaxing in front of the artworks in a much less formal way than usual. Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec created a space that closed the formal distance between the viewer and the artwork. 'We have decided to provide a kind of furniture element that helps people to relax their bodies and so relax their minds,' said Erwan Bouroullec. 'And then, maybe, the meaning will come.'

Supported by Kvadrat. Following its successful debut at the London Design Festival 2011, part of Textile Field was exhibited at the Centre Pomipdou, Metz. 

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