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July 2015

Many a Slip: a group show at Marsden Woo Gallery

An ambitious group exhibition curated by gallery artist Alison Britton, our friends Marsden Woo Gallery invited leading designers, artists and writers to juggle with the domestic symbol of ‘the cup’.

A mini prototype of an espresso cup from our Table Stories collection, made to the wrong dimensions, is part of the show.

Look forward to an explosion of imaginative responses from each of their gallery artists alongside a diverse selection of over 90 participants.

Open now, the show will be on through the summer until 5 September.

Visit Many a Slip: invited artists juggle with the domestic symbol of 'the cup’ at Marsden Woo Gallery, 23 Charlotte Road.

July 2015

Presenting the Transglass Chandelier

Launched during the ORIGINALS exhibition at Sotheby’s in December 2014, the Transglass Chandelier is the newest addition to the iconic Transglass range originally created in 1997 by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden.

 

It was inspired by the natural form of pine cones collected whilst walking amongst the woods surrounding Tord’s studio in France.

The glass is manufactured in Guatemala City as part of an educational project that gives young people the opportunity to learn the skills of glasswork, many of whom have become experts in cutting and polishing the recycled glass bottles.

 

For enquiries regarding the Transglass Chandelier please contact the studio.

Presenting the Transglass Chandelier
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
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