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Erwan Boulloud

Meta-Metempsychose Cabinet


“The elm panel has a light patina, traces of scratches, burns, scarifications, oil, accidents, scratches, traces of various tools, stains, ink and oil.
It opens to two flaps or panels in the upper part revealing a series of drawers and a flap written in the lower part, all with a pattern of diamond points in stainless steel

At first glance, Meta-Metempsychose is a research on the graphic relationship between two materials: the stainless steel lacing generates the elm pattern. The volume given to this one expresses the idea of a body inflated in a cage.

Erwan compares the isolated analysis of this piece to the study of a single word in an unfinished sentence. Meta-Metempsychosis is first and foremost what he considers “”a piece of evolution””. Darwinism is a law that applies particularly to his collections: materials, techniques and forms that have proven their worth in the past are kept, but each new creation is an opportunity to test a new idea. This piece is born in a context defined by Erwan’s know-how and the tools at his disposal, but mostly by the lessons learned from his previous creations.”

Materials: “Patinated Bronze shelves in burned, brushed and waxed oak, Black steel base with polished edges”

Erwan Boulloud


Erwan Boulloud is a graduate of the Ecole Boulle. He began by collaborating with a number of designers, while simultaneously staging scenographies for various museums including the Louvre. In 2003 he set up his own workshop, where he creates unique or limited numbered pieces. He works with a wide range of materials, exploiting the uniqueness of each in relation to the other. The materials are raw, at times burnt, polished or peeled. Minerals meet flora; metal, wood or concrete enclose precious stones, in creations where strangeness meets humour. Erwan Boulloud is the heir of a time-honoured tradition of craftsmanship, a participant of the ever-evolving narrative of the decorative arts. His works are always functional, their mechanism often visible to remind us of the origins of their creation. Always holding a story, they offer surprises and wonderment.

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    Bronze, Oak, Steel

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    43.5 x 78.0 x 196.0 cm (17.1 x 30.7 x 77.2 in)

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