Ronan Bouroullec’s new lamps with Manufacture de Sèvres resemble otherworldly creatures

Manufacture de Sèvres presents Ronan Bouroullec’s ‘Lampes Sèvres’, an exhibition of new lighting works (until 25 November 2023)

Ronan Bouroullec Manufacture de Sevres lamps
(Image credit: Claire Lavabre, Studio Bouroullec)

Ronan Bouroullec collaborated with Manufacture de Sèvres, France's porcelain manufacturing workshop founded in the 18th century, to create a series of aluminium and ceramic lamps on view at Galerie de Sèvres, Paris, until 25 November 2023.

The latest addition to the designer’s output – which is explored in a new Phaidon book, Ronan Bouroullec: Day After Day – the ‘Sèvres Lamps’ are available in three heights, and are defined by a porcelain aureole supported by essential aluminium profiles in three heights, combining a minimal design gesture with the unexpected expression of colour on porcelain.

Ronan Bouroullec and Manufacture de Sèvres 

Ronan Bouroullec sevres in workshop at Manufacture de Sèvres

(Image credit: Claire Lavabre - Studio Bouroullec)

Like exotic mushrooms or enigmatic sea creatures, the trio of lamps features smooth, precisely formed aureoles, hand-thrown in the large Manufacture de Sèvres studio and spray-glazed to achieve the colour effects. The almost ethereal glaze is the result of Bouroullec's research into the company's archives, where he found old examples of experiments in crystallisation. 

Due to the uncertainty of the process, each piece is unique, featuring multi-tonal abstract patterns that nod to the exploding effect of fireworks or celestial constellations. 

Ronan bouroullec sevres lamp shades in porcelain

(Image credit: Claire Lavabre - Studio Bouroullec)

'It all quite delicately explodes in the kiln, and when the pieces are taken out, you’re not quite sure if they might be alive,' says Bouroullec, for whom this project meant being able to manipulate a process that he feared could result in a too precise design gesture. '[Each lamp] could be a sea anemone, a portion of sky, a flash of light in space. I wasn’t at all aiming for this, but there is a very natural quality that appears; natural and uncontrolled.'

'Lampes Sèvres' by Ronan Bouroullec is on view until 25 November 2023

Galerie de Sèvres
4, Place André Malraux
75001 Paris

Ronan bouroullec sèvres lamp resembling mushroom

(Image credit: Claire Lavabre - Studio Bouroullec)

Ronan bouroullec Sèvres Lamp, resembling mushroom

(Image credit: Claire Lavabre - Studio Bouroullec)

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.