Ronan Bouroullec, Erwan Bouroullec Algues (Algae) Screen 2004

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These seaweedlike plastic modular components snap together to form a screen, a room divider, a tentlike canopy, or any form to suit any space. The Algues Screen is available in several colors and the components attach at multiple points, allowing for endless combinations of organically branching structures: add more components for dense opacity or fewer for lacy transparency. The individual modules are easy to assemble and disassemble, pack up, and carry. These characteristics make the Bouroullec brothers’ work well suited to mobility and flexibility, two conditions that characterize contemporary life.

Gallery label from Rough Cut: Design Takes a Sharp Edge, November 26, 2008–October 12, 2009.

Algues is the French word for algae. These seaweedlike plastic modular components snap together like Lego to form a screen, a room divider, a tentlike canopy, or any imaginative form to suit any space. The Algues Screen is avaliable in several colors and attaches at multiple points, allowing for endless combinations of organically branching structures: add more components for dense opacity or fewer for lacy transparency. The appeal and intrigue of the design rests largely in creating it oneself. The Bouroullec brothers began collaborating in the late 1990s. Their work is marked by an aesthetic of clean lines, playful humor, and surprising modular forms that invite active participation rather than passive consumption. Like Algues, their Cloud Bookshelf and Textile Tile, also in MoMA's collection, free the consumer to satisfy specific needs through flexible configurations. The individual modules are easy to assemble, disassemble, pack up, and carry. These characteristics make the Bouroullec brothers’ work well suited to mobility and flexibility, two conditions that characterize contemporary life.

Publication excerpt from The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA Highlights since 1980, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2007, p. 236.
Manufacturer
Vitra AG, Switzerland
Medium
Injected polypropylene
Dimensions
Dimensions variable. Each component: 12 5/8 x 10 1/8 x 1 5/8" (32 x 25.7 x 4.1 cm)
Credit
Gift of the manufacturer
Object number
834.2005
Copyright
© 2019 Erwan Bouroullec and Ronan Bouroullec
Department
Architecture and Design

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