One sign that a design has reached iconic status is that it can be found in the collection and the executive offices of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Such is the case with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s “Clouds” for Kvadrat, the three-dimensional, modular tiles that evoke plush barnacles by way of Buckminster Fuller (and, at least until the recent renovations got underway, adorned the workspace of Cooper-Hewitt director Bill Moggridge). The Bouroullecs are reuniting with the Danish textile company for a collaborative project at next month’s London Design Festival.
The Victoria & Albert Museum, which serves as the hub of the nine-day festival, invited the Bouroullecs to choose any space for their installation, and they opted for the Raphael Gallery. Home to the tapestry designs, or cartoons, commissioned by Pope Leo X for the Sistine Chapel, the famed gallery will host “Textile Field,” an installation that will cover approximately 2,500 square feet of the gallery floor. “We conceived an expansive, colored foam and textile piece to produce a sensual field on which to comfortably lounge while meditating on the surrounding Raphael Cartoons,” said the Bouroullecs in an e-mail. The installation will be on view from September 15 through September 25, and the brothers will join Kvadrat CEO Anders Byriel for a free talk about the project on September 19 at the V&A.
(Photo: Studio Bouroullec)