Chairy Tales at COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects

May 2015

Chairy Tales at COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects

We’ve been invited to exhibit at COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects by organisers the Crafts Council. Titled Chairy Tales, the display of 11 chairs celebrates Tord’s exploration in chair design starting with the celebrated Rough-and-Ready chair.


Chairy Tales is a presentation during COLLECT 2015 of eleven chairs, which I designed between 1999 and 2015. Each of theses chairs was made for different purposes in different materials, using different techniques. Together as a collection, they form a narrative of the development of my practice and illustrate the diversity of my work.

- Tord Boontje


COLLECT 2015 presented by the Crafts Council UK is on from 8th to 11th May at the Saatchi Gallery.

Opening Times:
Friday 8th May 12 - 6pm
Saturday 9th May 11am – 6pm
Sunday 10th May 11am – 6pm
Monday 11th May 11am – 4pm

April 2015

A New Era of Wonder at Swarovski Kristallwelten

Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds), one of Austria’s most popular attractions, is celebrating the 120th anniversary of Swarovski and its own 20th anniversary. On April 30, 2015, the wonderful crystalline destination is reopening its gates after an extensive expansion. Artists and designers from all over the world have created an expansive park landscape, with unique installations and new buildings. Furthermore, five of the Chambers of Wonder inside the Giant were also redesigned.


The Chambers of Wonder – designed along the lines of the historical Ambras Castle in Innsbruck – have fascinated the public for 20 years. In 2015, a new era of wonder will begin. As part of this new era of wonder, Studio Tord Boontje has re-designed their romantic winter landscape entitled Silent Light.

At the center of Silent Light is the eponymous, spectacularly sparkling crystal tree by designers Tord Boontje and Alexander McQueen, one of the most photographed objects in Swarovski Crystal Worlds. Its 150,000 sparkling Swarovski crystals, which inspired Tord to create a complete Chamber of Wonder, evoke images of a bone-chillingly cold and yet heartwarmingly romantic winter landscape. Especially in the spring and summer, this miracle world creates a magical contrast to the reality outside the door.

See more on our Chamber of Wonder here

A New Era of Wonder at Swarovski Kristallwelten
Milan 2015: Scent and Psyche. The Garden Of Wonders - A Journey Through Scent

April 2015

Milan 2015: Scent and Psyche. The Garden Of Wonders - A Journey Through Scent

Located in the beautiful Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan, we were invited to interpret an old Czech perfume, Waldes Et Spol, as part of BE OPEN’s ‘ The Garden Of Wonders. A Journey Through Scent ’.


Titled Scent and Psyche our installation, along with those of 7 other designerseach exploring a different perfume brand, previewed during the Milan Furniture Fair and continues to 24th May for the EXPO 2015.

My interpretation of Waldes Et Spol is linked to the Bohemian roots of the brand going back to the early 1900's. A contemporary interpretation of this origin, this is an opportunity to reinvent the brand with the launch of a concept for a new scent product where scent is a dynamic, living system - TB

BE OPEN is an international foundation which operates in the field of design and creativity.


Visit the installation from 13 April to 24 May at Orto Botanico di Brera, Via Fratelli Gabba 10/ Via Brera 28, Milan.

March 2015

Doll Chairs, a collaboration with Alexander McQueen, on show in London

To celebrate the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A Museum, we are showing the Doll Chairs from 2005 in the window of Themes and Variations in Notting Hill.

Doll Chairs, a collaboration with Alexander McQueen, on show in London
Originals at Sotheby’s London

December 2014

Originals at Sotheby’s London

From 6th until 18th January 2015, Sotheby’s London will stage ORIGINALS, an unprecedented selling exhibition of works by internationally acclaimed designer Tord Boontje and sculptor Emma Woffenden in its New Bond Street Galleries.

Curated by Janice Blackburn, Britain’s most influential curator and promoter in the field of contemporary arts and crafts, ORIGINALS will showcase the Tord’s most celebrated pieces of furniture, lighting, jewellery and textiles, alongside sculptures and drawings by Emma.

On view at Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA.

See images of the show here

October 2014

Latest commission at Barts Hospital

We recently completed our latest commission for Vital Arts in the new wing of St Bartholomew’s Hospital

We needed to create a permanent treatment of the windows that would provide privacy and at the same time a level of transparency to still enjoy a view from the inside.

The pattern is a mix of 24 different herbs and plants with medicinal qualities: from Arnica to Rosemary and Dandelion to Lavender.

I set out to create a pattern for the windows that would make you feel good about being in the rooms. The herbs add a botanical, floral and healing quality to the space.

See more on the project here

Latest commission at Barts Hospital
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