Established & Sons × Ronan + Erwan Bouroullec
Cassette Sofa: 3 Seater
$7,600 - $16,700
Long recognized for their adroit design innovations, brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec rethink the sofa with contrasting materials and a strikingly simple form. Cassette has rigorously straight lines, with an entirely exposed structure in powder-coated steel and oak plywood, leavened with deep, rectangular cushions plumped with goose down and foam fill. “In French, a cassette means a small box in which to lock up something precious. A sort of case, a cocoon,” says Ronan. “This is our message with this sofa.” Supplied by Established & Sons fully assembled, the sofa is meant to last a lifetime—as needs and environments change—and it can be taken down for ease of installation, flat storage and moving in and out of tight spaces and narrow passageways.
- 28.3" h x 81.5" w x 35.4" d (72x207x90cm)
- Seat height: 15.7" (40cm)
Steel, oak, fabric or leather
- Category 1: Atlas, Iris, Maya, Murmur
- Category 2: Melrose, Encircle, Melange Nap, Steelcut Trio 3
- Category 3: Hallingdal 65, Raas, Safire, Sunniva 3, Twill Weave
- Category 4: Vidar 4
- Category 8: Roam, Superweave, Louison
- COM and COL are available on request
Established & Sons
“We have an opportunity to do something different,” says founder Sebastian Wrong of this British brand’s approach to furniture, lighting and a smattering of tabletop essentials and clocks. “To get a piece that you would love today but also your kids would really enjoy.”
Wrong was among the dream team of innovators— Mark Holmes, Wallpaper magazine ex-publisher Alasdhair Willis, marketer Tamara Caspersz and executive Angad Paul—when the brand launched at the 2005 London Design Festival. Their mandate was encapsulated by the name: “Established,” a clue to the respected design and creators in their fold; “Sons,” a nod to the new generation of talent.
A commitment to skilled craftsmanship and cutting-edge production continues today, if only Wrong remains at the helm. After stints with Hay and other larger brands, he returned in 2017 as creative director and to contribute his own distinctive pieces.
E&S is succeeding in its goal to add to the design vernacular with works such as Amanda Levete’s striking concrete Drift series and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s breakthrough Grid modular environments. So, too, has Wrong’s own distinct work, including the Filigrana lighting that recasts traditional Venetian glassworks in an updated vernacular, and the Wrongwood furniture and trays, which he collaborated on with Brit artist Richards Woods.
Ronan + Erwan Bouroullec
“There’s always teamwork in design,” says Erwan Bouroullec and he would know as half of the acclaimed creative duo with brother Ronan. “For most designers, the first time they have to explain or justify their work is to the manufacturer,” he says. “By then, we’ve spent weeks, maybe months, arguing over the tiniest details.” Born in Brittany, the brothers Bouroullec are among the brightest lights in European furniture design, heralded as the biggest French presence since 1980s icon Philippe Starck.
Fellow designer Jasper Morrison praises the brothers’ work as “thoughtful and disciplined, with a real spirit and poetry.” Recently awarded the prestigious London Design Medal, they’ve been showcased at venues as diverse as Los Angeles’ own Museum of Contemporary Art, Villa Noailles in Hyeres and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Their most successful design projects are often the most contentious, Ronan says. “Usually our work is strongest when we disagree, because that’s when we push each other to go further.”
Photo credit: ©Morgane Le Gall