Tord talks during London Design Festival

August 2014

Tord talks during London Design Festival

London Design Festival takes place next month. Here are some dates for your diary.

Global Design Forum
Collecting Design: The Evolution of Collector and Maker

In recent years, design has grown the ranks of collectability alongside art, antiques, jewellery and fine wines. This upsurge has spawned a new generation of designers who are creating unique, limited-edition pieces for discerning collectors. How do institutions and commercial galleries assess and define the collectibles of the future? And what are today’s most effective outlets for such niche, high-end offerings to reach the buyer?

Chaired by Gareth Williams, curator, writer and lecturer, with speakers Jana Scholze, Curator of Contemporary Furniture at the V&A, Eleonore Halluitte-Andrews, Mallett, and designer Tord Boontje.

When: Tuesday 16 September 12.00pm to 1.30pm
Where: Mallett, Ely House, 37 Dover Street, W1S 4NJ

Global Design Forum is produced and delivered by the London Design Festival.

Tickets £20. Details here


Design Reunion

Curated by Polly Dickens, Creative Director of Habitat, Design Reunion showcases work from six of London’s most respected names in design including Tord Boontje, Clare Norcross, Simon Pengelly, Sarah Campbell, Aaron Probyn and Shin Azumi in a multi-sensory exhibit to celebrate 50 years of Habitat.

Habitat will also host a public Design Reunion panel discussion chaired by David Nicholls, Design Editor of The Telegraph Magazine, and featuring Tord Boontje, Claire Norcross, Sarah Campbell, Aaron Probyn and Polly Dickens, which will explore the theme of ‘inspirations’.

When: Friday 19 September from 3pm
Where: Platform Gallery, Habitat, 208 King’s Road, SW3 5XP

Free event. Details here


More on what we’re doing during LDF in the next couple of weeks…

July 2014

GATHERING: From Domestic Craft to Contemporary Process at the Design Museum Holon

Curated by Li Edelkoort 'GATHERING: From Domestic Craft to Contemporary Process' brings together contemporary design themes that reflect traditional domestic crafts in an attempt to remain connected to authenticity: pleating, draping, layering, ribboning, smocking, wrapping, folding, needleworking, felting, knitting, quilting and baking.

Disdain for a boring global market coupled with a fear of the virtualisation of society has inspired designers to create work that is linked to the humanisation of the making process and the contextualisation of a more responsible lifestyle. Craft has therefore become one of the major movements of our time and can be understood as the repetition of skills that belong to our common past, exuding a sense of belonging and continuity.

Works will be presented by more than 70 contemporary designers from around the world including Anton Alvarez, Dror Benshetrit, Tord Boontje, Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec, Kiki van Eijk, Frederik Färg, Richard Hutton, Arik Levy, Bertjan Pot, Inga Sempé, Fredrikson Stallard, Patricia Urquiola and Tokujin Yoshioka.

The exhibition is on now at Design Museum Holon until 25 October 2014.

See more on the exhibition here and buy the accompanying exhibition catalogue here.

GATHERING: From Domestic Craft to Contemporary Process at the Design Museum Holon


May 2014

‘useful + beautiful: contemporary design for the home’ at the Geffrye Museum

If you’re in East London in the next few months, be sure to head to the Geffrye Museum to see ‘useful + beautiful: contemporary design for the home’, an exhibition celebrating innovative domestic design.

Including our 100 Years textile, Magnetic Fields table and O-Nest chairs – not to be missed in the beautiful gardens - this special exhibition showcases a selection of cutting edge design for the home by both well-established industry figures and emerging talent. A broad range of domestic products, from furniture to wallpaper and textiles, lighting to technology, is on show, spilling out into the museum’s gardens with a display of innovative garden furniture design. As well as highlighting local design from Hackney and London, the show looks further afield and includes work by leading national and international designers.

The Geffrye focuses on the urban living rooms and gardens of the English middle classes. Their collections show how homes have been used and furnished over the past 400 years, reflecting changes in society and behaviour as well as style, fashion and taste.

The museum is a much-loved gem in the lively and creative Hoxton area - historically a centre for furniture-making and market gardening. Set in 18th-century almshouses and surrounded by gardens, it is often described as an oasis in the heart of the city.

‘useful + beautiful: contemporary design for the home’ is on until 25th August 2014.

May 2014

Benefique for Shiseido is an award winner

Our collaboration with Shiseido for their Benefique line of cosmetics has won an award at the 2014 Japan Packaging Competition.

Pictured is our certificate with 'Tord Boontje' beautifully written in Japanese calligraphy.

The JPC is sponsored by the Japan Federation of Printing Industries. Started in 1962, the JPC is a product packaging exhibition which evaluates and awards excellence in the commercial packaging.

See more on the project here

Benefique for Shiseido is an award winner
Presenting new projects in Milan

April 2014

Presenting new projects in Milan

We’re presenting new projects with Moroso and Established & Sons next week in Milan. Titled The 22nd Floor and Buzz, this is our little play on words.


The 22nd Floor for Moroso
Salone Internazionale del Mobile
Pavilion 16, Stand A29 - B22
Tuesday 8th - Sunday 13th April  •  9:30 - 18:30


Buzz for Established & Sons
Istituto dei Ciechi, Via Vivaio 7, Milan
Tuesday 8th - Saturday 12th April  •  10:00 - 20:00
Sunday 13th April  •  10:00 - 18:00

March 2014

Royal Showpieces - A royal encounter with Dutch design at Paleis Het Loo

From 22 March to 29 June 2014 Paleis Het Loo is presenting the work of Dutch designers in five historic interiors of the palace in an exhibition entitled ‘Royal Showpieces, a royal encounter with Dutch design’. For the first time in the history of Paleis Het Loo these traditional interiors will be given a different look. Using museum pieces from the depots along with clothing, tableware and art objects, the well-known exhibition curator Nicole Uniquole is presenting a lively dialogue between the royal taste of the past and contemporary Dutch design.

Included in the exhibition is The Princess Chair, one of the ‘characters’ designed for Happy Ever After.

Royal Showpieces - A royal encounter with Dutch design at Paleis Het Loo
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