Brugère accompanies the architects Elisabeth Lemercier and Philippe Bona in their creative process. Both architects work on different scales and have proceeded to a great variety of architectural studies, from new buildings to rehabilitation up to the scale of the object by producing two ranges of furniture for the Château de Rentilly and the Nancy School of Design entirely made of beech plywood.
They answered our questions.
Who are you?
Philippe Bona and I took an interdisciplinary approach to architecture by studying the work of visual artists, engineers, theorists
and historians. We chose architecture for its ability to work across disciplines and our work is definitely driven by this curiosity.
What led you to start working with wood?
When we first set out designing furniture and fixtures, wood stood out as the most easy-to-work material with basic tools. Then
when the first numerically-controlled machining centers appeared in the nineties, wood established itself as the ideal machinable material. When it comes to building extensions or houses, wood is the most suitable in the production of complex forms.
At the moment, we are testing a radical scale change by designing a 200 m long building along the edge of the Seine made completely out of wood, a kind of livable wooden «Infrastructure » .
Can you tell us about your sources of inspirations for the design of the furniture for the Nancy School of Design?
We began with a longstanding desire to produce a small family chair with a perfect harmony of proportions and simplicity. It
addressed the need to maintain a certain neutrality in a project for an Art and Design School.
It was also the opportunity to pursue our quest for reversible blends by proposing furniture intended to be assembled by the
students themselves without special tools or necessary skills. Brugère beech plywood was key for its strength seeing as it is
pecifically adapted for the manufacture of furniture frames.
What do you want people to take away from your work?
The attention to materials and to the possibilities they offer us, to the reversibility of their assembly which allow a better appropriation of objects and spaces. The association of a maximum control of certain parameters with uncontrollable factors as a source of enrichment. The faith in new uses or in the activation of older functions to renew both architecture and design.
Since then, the two architects have also realized a range of furniture for the Cultural Park of Rentilly. The elements are made from elements cut numerically in beech plywood.
The parts are simply assembled manually, without glue or hardware.
Their design is directly derived from these two technical data, allowing a time of realization and extremely reduced assembly.
Photo de Julie Deutsch Photo de Florian Kleinefenn