© Fernando Laszlo

Fontaine

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

FONTAINE is a water feature conceived for public or domestic use. Its modular construction allows for the configuration of fountains of different sizes, which bring the notion of water to indoor or outdoor environments. It is an artificial stream playing with sound and movement, just as it is a playground for children, where twigs and folded paper become floating vessels.

In line with their interest in the interface between manmade and natural elements, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec decided to explore the combination of stone and water. In this project, this is presented by the precisely, computer-controlled machined marble and the freely flowing water. Each module measures 1.5m in length and is made of portuguese pink marble, a material selected for its rich surface and its robust nature. The fountain is fed by a metal tap, water runs down the slope and is pumped back up to the tap.