Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec bathed in light the entrance, the stairs and the restaurant of the Bourse de Commerce, a new contemporary museum in the Pinault Collection in Paris. The project, commissioned by François Pinault, conceived in dialogue with Jean-Jacques Aillagon and Martin Bethenod, and produced by Flos Bespoke, expresses the strength of a dialogue between architecture and design, between history and modernism.
The Bourse de Commerce embodies four centuries of architectural innovation and technical prowess. After renovation work carried out by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates with the NeM / Niney & Marca Architectes agency, and the Pierre-Antoine Gatier agency, it will open its doors to the public on Saturday March 22.
Contemporary interventions in places steeped in history are always a challenge for designers. But the lighting project that Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec developed for the Bourse de Commerce in collaboration with the entity Flos Bespoke was even more so!
On the one hand, for the exceptional character of the space, originally designed in the XNUMXth century: with its immense glass dome, the Stock Exchange is one of the main monuments of the French capital, an imposing building steeped in history. On the other hand, for the project with which the lighting system of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec was supposed to interact: the reinterpretation of Tadao Ando, the architect capable of transforming palaces into cultural temples, with great sobriety mixed with poetry.
The challenges of a design: a dialogue between architecture and atmosphere.
Dialogue with architecture, historical and contemporary, and the creation of an atmosphere suitable to accompany the visitor in his journey of discovery of the building, its history and its content: these were the central issues on which developed Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec's lighting project after François Pinault entrusted them with the design of the complete interior and exterior layout of the Stock Exchange.
"We did not have to light the exhibition spaces but the passage areas", explain the designers: the stairs, the entrance hall (areas of period architecture), and the restaurant (completely renovated). This is why we focused on the conception of light in its relation to what it illuminates but also on its stage presence during the day, when there is no artificial light. These realizations were therefore conceived and imagined to be turned on but above all turned off. “
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have been researching suspended lighting structures with Flos for years. For the manufacture of the impressive luminaires that showcase the Bourse de Commerce, the designers trusted Flos Bespoke, the section of the Flos Group specializing in the development and production of personalized lighting and unique tailor-made solutions for large projects. , where each device is designed and developed according to architectural requirements.
"Flos Bespoke has been our partner in the development of these great luminaires. And, as in all the projects that we develop together, thanks to their extraordinary technical skills, we have been able to gradually solve the problems that this complex project posed to us and put to benefit mutual inventiveness ".
About Flos Bespoke:
Since the 1990s, Flos has developed the contract sector, in response to a growing demand for specific solutions for complex custom lighting projects. These projects are perfect examples of collaborations between the four divisions of the company.
Flos Bespoke is the division of Flos specializing in the development and production of customized lighting solutions. With factories in Italy (Collebeato, BS) and the United States (Lukas Lighting in Long Island City, NY), its exceptional capabilities range from customizing standard collections with special finishes and light sources, to bespoke tailoring. from products, to the tailor-made production of unique solutions for large-scale projects, where each device is designed and developed according to the most demanding architectural needs. Passion, design and technology characterize each project. In the areas of retail, residential, hospitality, public spaces and workspaces, Flos intervenes to make the most of a building and its environment, highlighting its details and helping to shine its true essence.
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