This versatile, resilient and simply beautiful desk was designed as part of a commission for the Bouroullec brothers to create furniture for the University of Copenhagen. Aiming to create a comfortable environment that would encourage students to stay in school, the university needed the designs to have a warm and domesticated touch, while still being low-cost and practical. The Bouroullec brothers approached the task by merging classic cues from design history with modern technology. This desk draws on a nostalgic mid-century silhouette that has been tweaked with rigorously clean lines and asymmetrical legs. Both the Bouroullec brothers and the manufacturer HAY are represented in MoMA's collection.
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Why We Chose This
This desk draws on a nostalgic midcentury silhouette that has been tweaked with rigorously clean lines and asymmetrical legs. Both the Bouroullec brothers and the manufacturer, HAY, are represented in MoMA's collection.
In or Related to MoMA's Collection
The Museum of Modern Art established the world's first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design. MoMA Design Store carries a selection of design objects from that collection. We only offer authorized versions in the colors and materials selected by the original designers. MoMA's design collection is ever-changing, a reflection of the evolving field of design itself.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are brothers and designers based in Paris who have been working together since the mid-90s. Their work consists of a wide range of designs, including furniture, home accents and tech. The earliest design by Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec in MoMA’s collection, the Square Vase, was created in 1999. Since then, several designs by the brothers have been added to the collection, and the MoMA Design Store regularly seeks out the latest examples of their designs, such as the Belleville Chair, a piece that manifests their core attributes of minimalism paired with elegance.