Vitra has manufactured furniture designs by Charles & Ray Eames and George Nelson since 1957. Building on this foundation, Vitra has developed a wide range of furnishings for the office, for the home and for public spaces in collaboration with progressive designers. Yet Vitra is more than just a design-oriented manufacturing company. The name also stands for the Vitra Design Museum, for a collection of modern furniture and its accompanying archive, for workshops and publications on topics of design, and for an architectural concept that unites buildings by Frank Gehry, Nicholas Grimshaw, Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA at the Vitra Headquarters in Birsfelden (Switzerland) and on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein (Germany).
Product longevity is central to Vitra's contribution to sustainable development; short-lived styling is avoided at all costs. This can be seen most clearly in the classical pieces of furniture that have been used for decades, had several owners and have then even ended up as a part of a collection. For Vitra, the manufacture of sustainable products means intense pre-production development, where the highest-grade materials are selected and tests are carried out that simulate 15 years of use. In order to enforce and monitor sustainable development in all business activities of the company, a work group was formed in 1986 by the name of 'Vitra and the Environment'. Because of this, Vitra can proudly claim that it has been dedicated to sustainability for nearly a quarter of a century.
The brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec were born in Brittany in 1971 and 1976 respectively and have been working together since the mid-1990s. They are united by their quest for perfection, but at the same time it is also a constant challenge for two so very different personalities to work together. In 2007 they were discovered by Cappellini, a grand master of Italian design, who gave them their first industrial projects.
The designer brothers have always remained true to their experimental approach, which is crucial to their creative work, whether this concerns room designs, furniture design or architectural projects, textile wall systems or extensive collections. Several exhibitions at major museums have acknowledged the work of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.View other products by Erwan Bouroullec