KAARI collection

design Ronan & Erwan
Bouroullec, 2015

The Kaari collection by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec marks the first collaboration between the French designers and Artek. In creating a simple yet elegant bent steel band to provide support for a series of furniture, the Paris-based brothers arrived at a practical and adaptable construction principle. 

In Finnish, Kaari means “arch,” and while the vertical load of table tops and shelves is held by a piece of wood, the bent steel band provides diagonal support similar to an arch. With antecedents in Alvar Aalto’s work in bent wood, the metal band has a light, fluid outline. It could well have been drawn with a single stroke of a pen. 

Frame solid wood and flat rolled steel (black powder coated)
Shelves and tabletop HPL (glossy, easy maintenance, sturdy) or linoleum (matt finish, organic material made from vegetable oils, warm to the touch)

Edges ABS

round tables

Table REB 003
Ø80 x H74 cm
from 1145

Table REB 004
Ø110 x H74 cm
from 1509

tabletop black HPL (glossy)
base clear lacquered oak

tabletop black linoleum (matt)
base clear lacquered oak

tabletop white HPL (glossy)
base clear lacquered oak

tabletop white HPL (glossy)
base black lacquered oak

tabletop black HPL (glossy)
base black lacquered oak

tabletop black linoleum (matt)
base black lacquered oak

rectangular tables

Table REB 012
160 x 80 x H74 cm
from 1794

Table REB 001
200 x 85 x H74 cm
from 2100

Table REB 002
240 x 90 x H74 cm
from 2417

tabletop black HPL (glossy)
base clear lacquered oak

tabletop black linoleum (matt)
base clear lacquered oak

tabletop white HPL (glossy)
base clear lacquered oak

tabletop white HPL (glossy)
base black lacquered oak

tabletop black HPL (glossy)
base black lacquered oak

tabletop black linoleum (matt)
base black lacquered oak

square tables

Table REB 011
75 x 75 x H74 cm
from 1040

tabletop black HPL (glossy)
base clear lacquered oak

tabletop black linoleum (matt)
base clear lacquered oak

tabletop white HPL (glossy)
base clear lacquered oak

tabletop white HPL (glossy)
base black lacquered oak

tabletop black HPL (glossy)
base black lacquered oak

tabletop black linoleum (matt)
base black lacquered oak

desks

Table REB 005
150 x 65 x H74 cm
from 1210

tabletop HPL noir (brillant)
base clear lacquered oak

tabletop black linoleum (matt)
base clear lacquered oak

tabletop HPL noir (brillant)
base black lacquered oak

tabletop black linoleum (matt)
base black lacquered oak

wall desks

REB 006
100 x 45 x H34 cm
665

tabletop black linoleum (matt) + black edge
base clear lacquered oak

tabletop black linoleum (matt) + black edge
base black lacquered oak

tabletop red linoleum (matt) + black edge
base clear lacquered oak

tabletop red linoleum (matt) + black edge
base black lacquered oak

tabletop blue linoleum (matt) + glossy red edge
base clear lacquered oak

tabletop blue linoleum (matt) + glossy red edge
base black lacquered oak

shelves with desk

REB 013
100 x 35/55 x H142 cm
1775

REB 010
200 x 35/55 x H142 cm
2779

shelves

desk black linoleum (matt)
shelves black HPL (glossy)
base clear lacquered oak

REB 009
100 x 35 x H188 cm
1805

REB 008
200 x 35 x H113 cm
2225

shelves black HPL (glossy)
base clear lacquered oak

small shelves & hooks

REB 007
blue linoleum + red edge + black oak
309 €

REB 007
red linoleum + red edge
+ black oak
309 €

REB 007
black linoleum + red edge + oak
309 €

Kaari hook
11 x 7,5 x H32,5
oak
78 €

Kaari hook
11 x 7,5 x H32,5
black oak
78 €

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, born 1971 and 1976, respectively, in Quimper, France, studied at the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Cergy-Pontoise. Ronan began independent design work immediately after completing his studies, while his brother, who was still in school, assisted him.

 Since 1999 both brothers have worked together as joint partners in their own Paris-based design studio. Their work ranges from small utilitarian objects to architectural projects. In addition to the design of domestic and office furniture, vases, porcelain dishware, jewellery and diverse home accessories, a primary focus of their work is the design and organisation of interior space.