Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec – Imperfections

Location Design Lab Gallery, Iittala & Arabia Design Centre, 8th floor
Ticket price Free admission

OPENING POSTPONED due to coronavirus situation. Opening date will be informed as soon as it is confirmed.  

The new Design Lab Gallery exhibition by the French design duo Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec reflects the relationship between the perfect and imperfect in nature and design; with attention on the charm of the imperfections. 

The exhibition is a deep dive into exploring materiality, the process of making glass at a factory where craftsmanship meets mass production and where the material is treasured.

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have worked with Iittala for almost a decade. In 2015 Iittala introduced Ruutu (‘diamond’ in Finnish), a mouthblown glass vase that takes seven craftsmen & 24 hours to produce in the Iittala Glass Factory. Ruutu vases are an example of Iittala’s unique colour expertise. The vases can be combined to make seamless installations. When combined, the light filters through the vases creating a vibrant watercolour like palette.


The exhibition explores the subtle balance between imperfect and perfect. In nature, everything is mass produced. Yet every product is unique with its little imperfections.

“I find perfection extremely boring. The mystery of imperfection creates beauty and charm to an object. The charm is the balance between the perfect and the imperfect. Good objects have a long-lasting charm like a good song that can be enjoyed over and over for the next fifty years.”

Ronan Bouroullec