french designer-duo ronan and erwan bouroullec present ‘nuage’, a 100 metre-long, five meter-high pergola installed as part of the design miami/ satellite program during miami art week 2017


the miami design district is covered in cloud – but it’s far from raining. the sun shines through the steel and colored glass structure that mimics cloud apertures, casting graphic shadows that vibrate with blues and greens like stained-glass windows crossed by the sun in cathedrals.

image by kris tamburello



the bouroullec brothers manipulate the environment by engulfing it in native plants. botanicals envelop ‘nuage’, with trees jutting through the structure to the sky. bringing, shade, shelter, seating and charm to the pedestrian walkway of ‘paseo ponti’ hosting it, over time, ‘nuage’ will gain depth and patina, as the greenery surrounding it colonizes the piece. resonating with the changes of day, ‘nuage’ invites relaxation, reflection, and respite from miami’s bright sun, acting as a focal point for the community.

the piece brings shade, shelter, seating and charm to the pedestrian walkway of paseo ponti
image © paul tahon, studio bouroullec



nuage is manufactured by UAP in collaboration with the bouroullec brothers. the permanent fixture comprises of several steel and coloured-glass shapes, not only reminiscent of a cloud but also taking off from their collection of vases unveiled at maison et objet fall 2016, which designboom reported on last year.

seen from above 
image © paul tahon, studio bouroullec

the pergola is immersed in its’ environment by the native plants engulfing it
image © paul tahon, studio bouroullec

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several steel and colored-glass shapes manipulating the shadows and the natural light surrounding it
image © paul tahon, studio bouroullec

portrait of ronan bouroullec
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ronan bouroullec beneath the nuage pergola
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late evening in the miami design district
image by kris tamburello


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