The Uncino Collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is a reflection of pure minimalism in design. The Uncino task chairs have two different backrests with a four-star swivel base and have a utilitarian appeal. The carved wooden pieces are held in place by bent metal rods, combining to show the timber at its best. The designers of the Uncino Collection—made for Italian furniture brand Mattiazzi—continue with the idea of sculpting wood both handcrafted and with numerically controlled milling machines. While wood remains the main factor, the metal parts play a fundamental role in the construction. The metal structure joins the pieces of wood in an almost organic overlap. The wood embraces the metal rods whose form subtlety appears on the wooden surface like a prominence.
Ronan and Erwan are brothers and designer based in Paris. They have been working together for about 15 years, bonded by diligence and challenged by their distinct personalities. Issey Miyake hired them in the early 2000’s to design the boutique to house his new collection. They then met Rolf Felhbaum, president of Vitra, and worked on a new office system entitled Joyn. Since then, they have enjoyed success and gone on to work with Alessi, Cappellini, Established & Sons, Flos, Hay, and Kartell among others.