ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi
ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi
sep 07, 2010

ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi

‘ovale’ dinner / serving plateall images courtesy of ronan and erwan bouroullec




french designers ronan and erwan bouroullec recently collaborated with italian company alessi on a new tableware collection called ‘ovale’.



ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi ‘ovale’ plate




this is how ronan and erwan bouroullec have described the project, with text shared by managing director alberto alessi:


‘the ovale collection strives to be original, but it also wants to be rustic and traditional. we set out in pursuit of delicate expression. this composition speaks about every day life, about breakfast, lunch, about everyone getting together for dinner. there is a desire for simplicity.‘ then, ronan coined a new expression to describe alessi, a likeness that appeals to me: ‘alessi is very similar to the operation described in tim burton’s movie adaptation of willy wonka and the chocolate factory, a wonderful factory where alessi produces cakes and sweets.’ says ronan. delicate, slightly expressive, simple, almost neo-primitive, deliberately saying ‘hold the sugar!’, the complete table service, ‘ovale’, marks the entry into the alessi catalogue of the two brothers from brittany. I am very grateful to them not only for this beautiful project – with its subsidiary expressiveness, I’m sure it will find its way among the major main course of our catalog – but also for having coined, defining a ‘producer of sweet things’, a phrase worthy of philippe starck’s definition in the 80s, ‘alessi is a merchant of happiness.’ – alberto alessi



ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi ‘ovale’ side plate


ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi ‘ovale’ small dish



ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi the tableware collection includes dishes, serving dishes and glasses




ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi ‘ovale’ tableware collection



ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi ‘ovale’ tableware collection



ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi ‘ovale’ serving ware and storage dishes



ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi serving ware comes with lids for easy storage and to maintain heat before serving warm dishes



ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi



ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi



ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi ‘ovale’ glassware



ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi entire alessi ‘ovale’ tableware collection



ronan + erwan bouroullec: ovale for alessi ronan and erwan bouroullec with ‘ovale’

  • ohhhh, something new!

    Jack says:
  • so totaly new that they look totaly pissed off

    mr says:
  • Stunning. The subtle asymmetry and the flush lid handles are remarkably sensitive and elegant. Incredibly expressive.

    mathew says:
  • pebbles on a beach…they all look individually different but belong to each other…


    Dr. Design says:
  • I like the hard look on the erwan bouroullec face

    vos says:
  • Poor design…Form and shape been done before…nothing new..NEXT!

    Charles says:
  • Charles – why does something need to be ‘new’ to be spectacular. What an absurd world that would be. I think these are magnificent in their simplicity.

    Kate says:
  • Kate, why make something if it does not have anything new to offer? I’m sure we have enough tableware as it is in this world…

    nn says:
  • @ Charles, I could have done similar comments before, when I was a student. At that time, I was still dreaming about really innovative products. But now, by looking history of design, I feels almost everything i’ve been already done. We are not creating, just updating in a new way ….

    Bull says:

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