'Regrets, I've had a few,' sang Sinatra in his classic ballad 'My Way', while Piaf famously insisted that she regretted absolutely nothing. Somewhere between these two lies Ronan Bouroullec, one half of the distinguished French go-to design duo, the Bouroullec Brothers. 'We've done a lot of disasters. But we've had the chance to do best-sellers, too. It's a mix, really,' he tells Architonic at the recent Cologne Furniture Fair.
The name Simon Cowell might make me a hostage to fortune, but, thankfully, that's the closest I get to celebrity status. Not so Ronan Bouroullec, one half of the renowned fraternal design partnership the Bouroullec Brothers - also often referred to as Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec or, quite simply, The Bouroullecs. Capital T, capital B. (I'll let you choose your preferred naming.) While waiting at Ligne Roset's stand at the recent Cologne Furniture Fair to interview Ronan, the elder of the two, I was fascinated to see how some visitors, particularly the younger, starry-eyed ones, were very keen to shake the man by the hand or have their photograph taken with him. But I guess that's what happens when you've had a career as prolific as this pair have.
The classic Chesterfield meets a ripe piece of fruit: Ronan and Erwan's seriously comfortable new stretch-fabric 'Ploum' sofa for leading French manufacturer Ligne Roset