Combining the traditional techniques of art and cabinet making, with digital design and metalworking, French designer Erwan Boulloud draws a collection of unique pieces pushing boundaries of furniture manufacturing as sculptural and functional creations. Furniture with an expressive feature, post-industrial look and refine handcraft.

 

“Beyond its aesthetic success, I feel a work of art is successful in its ability to generate a lineage, this is to me the testimony of its profundity”

Image courtesy of Erwan Boulloud

Life

Born in France 1973, Erwan Boulloud shares with some of the best designers a common start attending the prestigious Ecole Boulle in Paris. A reference to nurturing a generation of artists, Ecole Boulle provided a young Erwan Boulloud with skills in fine arts, craft and applied arts which will define his career. After his graduation in 1995, he worked as set designer for collections at some of the greatest Parisian arts institutions such as the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (le CNAM) and for museums like The Louvre and  Museum of Natural History in Paris.

 

With a strong know-how from his days at Ecole Boulle, he started collaborating with highly esteemed designers such as Hervé Van Der Straeten and Hubert Le Gall, highly respected for their sculptural approach to furniture and jewelry. When in 2003, Erwan opened his own workshop in Paris, he was already an established designer renewed for his artistic and fresh approach to craftsmanship. In recent time he moved his Atelier in Pantin, a picturesque river town, northeast of Paris.

Image courtesy of Erwan Boulloud, Rencontre Syngénésique, a stainless steel cabinet encrusted with a meteorite

Inspiration

From his Atelier in Pantin (Paris), Erwan Boulloud forges unique objects breathing fine art and meticulous crafting techniques. A savoir-faire that he developed along his apprentice time working in iconic museums and design studios, blending heritage and innovation. Every piece of Erwan Boulloud collection resonates as a museum creation, where the material craft is glorified by detailing the matter with marquetry, and scenographic finishing. Know-how on materials properties and heritage is the prelude to each creation, allowing the sculpture to forge unique objects that balance strong core with sophisticated finishing. Furniture, luminaires, and sculptures that are meant to shine in their own light, transcending the stiffness of the original material.

 

“Beyond its aesthetic success, I feel a work of art is successful in its ability to generate a lineage, this is to me the testimony of its profundity,” says Erwan Boulloud.  

 

Image courtesy of Erwan Boulloud, Rosanna, brass coffee table, inlayed with Hawk’s eye gemstone & Volute Cubique cabinet 

Style

Erwan Boulloud workshop reflects the experimental approach of the designer. A former warehouse now converted into an open-space studio with wools covered with street-style graffiti, the Atelier encapsulate the essence of Erwan Boulloud work. Furniture, mirrors, cabinets and everyday objects are modelled into sculptural elements with a functional core. By combining metal, wood, concrete, glass with minerals or vegetables Erwan Boulloud pushes the limit of the manufacturing possibilities.

 

Every object reveals the profundity and symbolic feature of the material, which can be raw, burnt, polished, decorticated, or reconstituted under the savvy touch of Erwan Boulloud. In a constant search for new design, manufacturing and finishing processes, the Atelier Erwan Boulloud believe in generating lineage in the art of high craft design, allowing French know-how to evolve with its time, without forgetting its roots.

 

 

Uniqueness

Each creation represents the snapshot of a history in ongoing evolution bearing the imprint of a perceptible movement. Works succeed each other, creating lines, junctions, crossings, disappearances, and mutations. Each piece is initially thought as sculpture, evolves into utilitarian objects during the crafting.

 

The harmony resulting from mixing opposite materials give to each piece a surprisingly living soul, where steep angles become silhouettes bringing movements and curves to hard surfaces. Erwan Boulloud creations are all hand made in the artist’s workshop, as unique pieces or few numbered copies. They can also be declined and realised, only on order, with options and different dimensions.

国设计师Erwan Boulloud将艺术和橱柜制造的传统工艺技术结合,通过数字设计和金属加工制作,用一组独特设计,具有表现力,后工业时代外观和完善工艺的家具系列来模糊家具制造与雕塑创作的界线。

 

“Beyond its aesthetic success, I feel a work of art is successful in its ability to generate a lineage, this is to me the testimony of its profundity”

Image courtesy of Erwan Boulloud

计师简介

1973年出生于法国的Erwan Boulloud和一些最好的设计师在巴黎以培养艺术家而著名的Ecole Boulle学习。Ecole Boulle为年轻的Erwan Boulloud提供了决定他的未来职业生涯的艺术,工艺和应用艺术的技能。1995年毕业后,做为布景设计师的他开始为巴黎一些最权威的艺术机构工作,比如巴黎Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (le CNAM)以及卢浮宫 (The Louvre)和 Museum of Natural History。以他在Ecole Boulle学习的扎实专业知识,他开始与一些成功的设计师合作,比如Herve Van Der Straeten和Hubert Le Gall 这些德高望重的家具和珠宝设计师。2003年当Erwan在巴黎开设自己的工作室时,他已经以别出新意的艺术创造和新工艺而知名。最近他把工作室搬到了位于巴黎东北部风景如画的Pantin。

Image courtesy of Erwan Boulloud, Rencontre Syngénésique, a stainless steel cabinet encrusted with a meteorite

在他巴黎Pantin的工作室,Erwan Boulloud锻造的独特作品充满了着精致的艺术和细致的工艺。在权威博物馆和设计工作室的实习为他奠定了融合传统和创新的设计风格。Erwan Boulloud的每件作品都在材料的工艺,及镶嵌的细节和场景装饰来美化完成,从而与博物馆的创作产生共鸣。了解材料的特性和传统知识是每个创作的前奏,使雕塑能够铸造出独特的作品来平衡坚固的核心和精致的外观细节。每件家具、灯光和雕塑都有自己的独特光芒,并超越了材料本身的刚硬度。

 

“除了美学的成功,我觉得一件艺术品应该是可以传承下去的,对我来说这就是成功设计的最佳证明,”Erwan Boulloud 说。

 

Image courtesy of Erwan Boulloud, Rosanna, brass coffee table, inlayed with Hawk’s eye gemstone & Volute Cubique cabinet 

计风格

Erwan Boulloud工作室反映了设计师的实验方式。曾经的仓库变成开放空间的工作室,工作室里满是街头风格的涂鸦,而工作室则浓缩了Erwan Boulloud的设计精华。家具、镜子、橱柜和日常用品都被塑造成具有核心功能的雕塑元素。通过将金属、木材、混凝土、玻璃、矿物或蔬菜结合,Erwan Boulloud在探索着制造可能性的极限。每件作品都揭示着材料的深度和特性,它可以是原始的,燃烧的,抛光的,有装饰的,或者在Erwan Boulloud敏锐的触摸下重建的。在不断寻找新的设计,制造和加工技术过程中,Atelier Erwan Boulloud相信在工艺设计艺术中,法国的传统技术和知识能够随着时间的推移而得以发展与传承,而不会忘记它的根源。

 

 

特设计

每个设计都代表着一段历史和承载着可感知的印记。每件作品在制作过程中彼此创造着线条、连接、交叉、隐形和突变的步骤,并从最初的雕塑演变成实用的产品。不同的材料混合后产生的和谐,给每件作品注入了令人惊讶的灵魂,陡峭的角度成为剪影并将其动感和曲线带向坚硬的表面。Erwan Boulloud的创作是在他工作室里手工制作的,每件设计都是独一无二,或者是限量设计。它们也可以是被选择终止或特别制定不同的尺寸的作品。

Image courtesy of Erwan Boulloud, studio with his Fracture Cosmique III table, the Metempsychose II secretary desk, and the Microbuleuse Light

Image courtesy of Erwan Boulloud, Rosanna B1 oak and brass cabinet, inlayed with lapis-lazuli

Image courtesy of Erwan Boulloud, Trois Petites Pierres, end table with sodalite inlay


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