The shape of the Nuage vases made its first appearance in the oeuvre of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in 2002. It was originally produced as a plastic shelf module that can be grouped into clusters or large-scale configurations. Over the years, the Bouroullec brothers have varied this cloud shape and repeatedly incorporated it in their graphic work. The cavities are now positioned upright, dividing the vase into eight individual tubes that can be used for the artful arrangement of flowers and grasses. Thanks to their precise outer contours, the vases can be fitted together to create entire 'cloud formations'.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the Breton-born brothers, are the stars of European design and the most promising industrial designers to have emerged from France since Philippe Starck in the 1980s.
A combination of romanticism and functionality runs throughout both brothers’ work. Like all truly talented designers, the Bouroullecs have defined a distinctive visual style, which Jasper Morrison (one of the designers they most admire) described as “thoughtful and disciplined, with a real spirit and poetry”.