Nov 29, 2015 | By Tess

Paris based design duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have recently unveiled an impressive exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art that was designed specifically for the museum space. The exhibition, appropriately called 17 Screens, consists of seventeen suspended partitions made from a variety of materials that are installed throughout the gallery. The partitions or screens are made from a variety of materials, effectively combining more traditional craft materials such as ceramics, aluminium, glass, wood, and textile, with modern additively manufactured plastic materials.

Each of the screens was based on line drawings done by Ronan and Erwan, which were themselves inspired by a trip to the French province of Bretagne, where the brothers are originally from. Specifically, the pieces were inspired by the natural lines and shapes of Bretagne’s natural landscape, including trees, and various plants.

The pieces themselves are arranged in a variety of ways, with glass, ceramic, and aluminium rods arranged in suspended geometric structures, functioning both to divide the gallery into sections, helping to guide the museum goers and as art pieces themselves.

One of the standout screens in the exhibit is an irregularly shaped piece that is made from wooden twigs that are attached together by 3D printed connectors, which resemble wishbones. The piece demonstrates the designers’ interest in combining and reconciling both traditional, organic materials such as wood, with the pinnacle of modern materials: 3D printed plastics.

3D printed connector piece

There are also screens made from bone shaped rods and poles fastened together at 90 degree angles, as well as some made from fabrics, including the ones pictured below which consist of a bright blue textiles wrapped around a linear frame.

In making the ceramic and glass pieces, Ronan and Erwan collaborated with French ceramic craftsmen, tile company Rombina, and Glas Italia.

Brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have been working together for over two decades and have a diverse design portfolio which includes the design of small objects such as jewelry; architecture; traditional crafting; industrial design; as well as drawing, video and photography. It is not surprising then that their interest in working with various materials has led them to 3D printing technologies.

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art exhibition marks one of their forays into non-commercial commissioned work, as the Bouroullec brothers have predominantly worked with commercial names such as design brand Issey Miyake, Finnish furniture company Artek, tile company Mutina, as well as tech giant Samsung. Their 17 Screens exhibit at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art first opened on October 31st, 2015 and will run until March 26th, 2016.



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