Last week at the 2015 salone del mobile in Milano, designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec launched their Belleville collection for Vitra.
The concept was creating a versatile and adaptable collection that would be suited for indoor as well as outdoor use. The collection includes two tables; one rectangular and one round – with black powder-coated cast aluminium legs with tops in laminate wood or stone and two chair variations.
The frame is made with automated injection-moulding process from black polyamide plastic and supports one of the four available shells made out of polypropylene, ultra-thin 4.5 millimetre plywood or upholstered in fabric or leather. While the polypropylene durability makes it suited for outdoors , the more delicate plywood and upholstery find their place inside.
What’s remarkable about the chairs is the flawless “one line” frame structure. My personal favourite is the armchair because of the elegant curve it makes connecting the angled back legs and looping around to form the backrest frame. The second version is lighter, more linear and more flexible.