Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and Lesage Intérieurs
For this project, executed in Lesage’s workshops in Chennai, India, six metres of Kvadrat’s ‘Time 300’ fabric were stretched on a giant wooden loom, held in place with straps, allowing more than ten men to work at once. Oversized pixels, in the form of custom-made frosted blue PVC paillettes in three sizes, were hand-stitched in blue cotton mouliné, a task that took more than 1,000 hours. Traditionally, fabric is embroidered on one side only, but the Bouroullecs requested that both sides be visible, so the thread is finished on both sides. For the mini veil, ‘Divina 3’ by Kvadrat is embroidered with a ’point riche’ stitch in five shades of green. Talking about the project, the Bouroullecs say, ‘Embroidery is an amazing language, full of diverse expression and manner. In a way, it’s like the origin of pixels, with each point making a part of the picture while also conveying its own weight and magic.’
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Paris-based brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have been working together for about 20 years, producing designs for everything from furniture to jewellery. They have collaborated with the likes of Vitra, Kvadrat and Artek, as well as producing limited editions for Galerie Kreo in Paris. bouroullec.com
Jean-Francois Lesage is descended from three generations of embroiderers and his father was the legendary haute couture embroiderer François Lesage. In 1993, Jean-Francois opened his own embroidery workshop in Chennai, producing exquisite handiwork on a bespoke basis for the world of interiors.
Photography: Leandro Farina