The collection
Two molded white plastic vases, each composed of long tube that widens at the center to connect to a surrounding ring.

Vases, Sans Titre

Designed by
Ronan Bouroullec (born 1971)
Plastic polycarbonate
Produced by
Cappellini, Milan, Italy
24 x 14 x 14 cm (each)

The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, 2008.23.1–2

Resembling a spinning-top toy, Sans Titre vases can be grouped or used separately. This vase was designed by Ronan Bouroullec two years before he formed a partnership with his brother, Erwan, in 1999. Like their Cloud shelving system of 2004, also produced by Cappellini, Sans Titre can be assembled by the owner in configurations to suit individual needs.

The Bouroullec brothers’ work is notable for its experimental nature and striving for perfection. They considered the grouping of these vases as a still life without concern for function. The Bouroullecs wrote in 2003, “A still life . . . is based on formal qualities of proportions and colours . . . it works through more cultural, symbolic references.”

The Stewart Program for Modern Design, photo: Denis Farley.