Portable boules court flies the flag for Francophile fun in the sun

This flat-packed design is intended to be universal, to be used, sent or moved by anyone

Collapsable playing kit featuring banners, flags, sticks and ropes setup outside during the day
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Responding to the brief of creating a portable pétanque set, French designer Antoine Chauvin was inspired by a nautical aesthetic to create his traveling playing ground. Part of swimwear brand Vilebrequin’s new series of summer-infused games (which includes beach paddles and a bilboquet among other items), this set is imagined as the frame for a game of pétanque, to take place in a Parisian park or on a beach in Saint Barthelemy (and anywhere in between). Through its products, the French brand has been championing the ’art of living in the sun’ mixed with a sense of togetherness ever since it first launched in 1971, and these new pieces add a further playful element to its history.

The collapsible kit features aluminium and nautical rope in varying shades of green and blue. The 12-meter playing field is marked by flags bearing the brand’s traditionally summery motifs and patterns, and the brand’s turtle logo is stamped on the blue and silver boules. ‘Trough the tense structure I tried to phrase the fragile feeling of freedom, of creating intimacy in a public space’ explains Chauvin, an ECAL graduate whose work has been recently celebrated by Toulon’s Design Parade.

His flat-packed design is intended to be universal, to be used, sent or moved by anyone, and his design approach was informed by the universality of the game: ‘Pètanque can include everyone, of all ages. It has a sense of meeting between people, of discovering your neighbourhood and make friends’ he continues. Including two telescopic masts, stackable edging, rigging, a fastening kit, and fold-away flags, the kit is ready for a spontaneous summer game.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2020 Issue of Wallpaper* – which is available to download for free here

Collapsable playing kit featuring banners, flags setup outside during the day

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hanging triangular decorative banners captured between big trees photographed during the day

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Beach side captured from the sky with view of clean waters and beach sand. Photographed during the day

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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.