The Copenhague Chair designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is part of a collection of furniture which has been designed for the University of Copenhagen.
Copenhague is a furniture series designed for the new buildings at the University of Copenhagen. In addition to a homely and welcoming expression, functional furniture qualities such as stackability, durability and ease of cleaning were important design requirements for the university.
The Bouroullec brothers approach the task by merging design history with modern technology in an idiom with a strong and independent appearance in a broad and versatile series that embraces both public and private environments.
Not suitable for heavy contract use - consider the new Soft Edge collection as an alternative for contract purposes and high-traffic areas.
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
’Working with the Bouroullecs is big dream come true for Mette and myself. They are great at generating ideas and have a skilled knack for picking the right track for their products. Their products always have a high degree of originality and independence, and they are brilliant at managing the design process from the outset in a way where most questions are answered along the way. There is also a powerful aesthetic balance in the Bouroullecs’ work. Their designs do not make noise but are simply at rest in their own strong appearance. In 10-20 years, I’m sure that the Bouroullecs will be compared to Ray and Charles Eames.’ Rolf Hay
Competent. Precise. Disciplined. Three words that commonly used about the brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Along with ‘passionate’, ‘technically skilled’ and ‘innovative’. The aesthetic aspect is clearly in focus in the drawings, which seem to be a free creative space that helps them develop new approaches to their work. The lines, the colours and the overall idea that, in their own description, is aimed primarily at getting to the core of the internal logic of the assignment. This is where the solutions lie, and where new ideas emerge.
The Bouroullecs’ implicit understanding of each other and of the tasks their studio takes on usually translates into a new perspective of material or purpose. As in their Copenhague series for HAY, where the design considers a whole range of features including stackability, cleaning and cable storage without compromising on the aesthetic expression. After a partnership that has lasted almost twenty years, the Bouroullecs have added their name to most manufacturers’ wish list and many design schools’ wall of fame with an approach marked by diligence, subtlety and originality.