Clouds and Algue – Favorite Designs
While I love good Mid-Century Modern furniture, I have to say my favorite designs are actually some unique and incredibly well-designed objects that can be configured into sculptures. Clouds and Ague are designs engineered by two very talented, well-known product and furniture designers, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
Algue is an injection molded plastic, multifaceted screen system designed as actual individual modules. The buyer can purchase their pick of various colors and translucencies, then configure and create their own custom sculpture or screen.
I love the participatory nature of these products, which allows the buyer to participate in the creative process and provides the ability to change them over and over again, creating something new each time.
I purchased the translucent one, created a more horizontal sculpture and hung it on a blue-green wall, giving it an ethereal, water-like effect. At night, the shadows from our bedroom lights created a secondary effect, adding to the delicate and dreamy qualities of the sculpture.
Clouds are also designed as individual modules, but instead of being transparent, they are made of soft wool tiles that can be organized into many different cloud-like sculptures. The designer can mix and match the wool module colors as the arrangement evolves. This gives the sculpture a three-dimensional effect because the modules are a bit like folded wool origami. The Bouroullec brothers accurately describe Clouds as “coating architecture in a fluid yet chaotic way”.
The fluidity of both Clouds and Algue across a space creates a very poetic sculpture.
In addition to the ability of the buyer to participate in the creative process of their sculpture, these products are extremely affordable; another important philosophy I believe in. Good design for the masses.