Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2004
a plant-like plastic creation, filigreed, flexible and yet strong. algues is a finely branched, asymmetrically shaped object that when viewed alone, simply looks like a uniquely poetic, decorative design element. however, algues are actually conceived as modular components of interior architecture. thanks to 19 ring-like eyes at the end of their branches, algues can be easily joined together with small plastic pegs at one or several points. in this way, it is possible to construct interwoven structures of substantial dimensions. potential configurations range from a delicate web that could be used in place of a curtain or as a trellis for climbing plants, to an impenetrably dense plastic hedge consisting of several layers of interconnected algues that serves as a room divider. the bouroullecs have once again created a product that reflects their unconventional and innovative approach: the people who buy algues are not merely consumers, but participants in the design process. manufactured by vitra. made of injection-molded polypropylene.