Electro Craft is an exhibition of electronic products created by a diverse group of designers who share a fascination with technology and beautifully made objects.
Working in a field that sometimes seems overwhelmed by bland corporate products with very little aesthetic or artistic value. It seems a relevant moment to me to highlight some of the wonderful work that is also happening in the area of electronics. London is a hub of creativity and digital progress and this exhibition tries to give a flavour of some of this original thinking.
- Tord Boontje
As the title suggests, this is about the craft of electronics and electronics made as craft. Made up of new and existing work, the objects on show will vary from speakers to clocks, from wearable tails to musical instruments. The works include conceptual designs, prototypes and commercial products.
The group of 27 exhibitors consists of recent graduates as well as more established designers and artists.
Electro Craft is taking place at our space on Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, and is on from Friday 16 September to Saturday 15 October.
- Ariane Prin
- Bethan Laura Wood
- Bilge Nur Saltik
- Daniel Weil
- El Ultimo Grito
- Front and Loligo
- Future Facility
- Jeongwon Ji
- Lina Patsiou
- Marjan van Aubel
- Paul Cocksedge
- Poetic Lab
- Raw Edges
- Rive Roshan
- Silo Studio
- Studio Drift
- Studio Furthermore
- Studio Tord Boontje
- The Tail Company
- Thorunn Arnadottir
- Wonseok Jung
- Yoav Reches + Nan Zhao
- Yuri Suzuki
Visit our dedicated website electrocraft.show
We recently completed a bar design for Sarabande in partnership with Ketel One Vodka.
Clad in copper scales with a fang-like shape, the bar is a dramatic centrepiece that marks the completion of Sarabande's new studios in Hackney.
Sarabande is a charitable foundation set up by Lee Alexander McQueen to support emerging creative talent in the UK.
See more on the bar design here
On April 28th, two iconic pieces of Tord’s work will be part of a benefit auction in London. Entitled Time for Design, the auction is to support the new Design Museum, due to open its doors in November 2016.
The auction will consist of more than 70 pieces donated by designers, galleries and collectors that, taken together, tell the story of contemporary design. Alongside pieces from Ron Arad, Norman Foster and Antony Gormley, to name but a few, there is a one-off special edition Tord’s Blossom Chandelier, and a Petit Jardin Chair.
Register to bid here
At the prestigious Salone Del Mobile in Milan this year, Tord unveiled his new collaboration with Atelier Swarovski. As part of the their new Atelier Swarovski Home brand, Tord designed Lux Orbit; a series of luxury homeware objects including lanterns, wine coolers, nut bowls and a caviar set. Tord took inspiration from patterns found in nature, the cosmos, star formations and science fiction.
“I see the crystals as small pieces of light and points of colour... I imagine they could come from the other side of space or from the future. “
Alongside Tord’s objects were works from a host of other iconic designers, including Ron Arad, Daniel Liebskind and the late Zaha Hadid, together forming the inaugural Atelier Swarovkski Home collection.
Also launched in Milan was Tord's new series for Moroso, the Senegal-O Chair and Weavers Bench. The Senegal-O Chair was inspired by the design of a dreamcatcher gifted to Tord by his daughter. The circle creates a large backrest, which surrounds you like a halo when you sit against it.
“...reinventing how luxury design and powerful technology can come together to create spectacular works of art”
Stacy Wolff, HP
This week, as part of the New York Times’ International Luxury Conference 2016 in Versailles, a Tord Boontje special edition of HP’s new ultra-thin Spectre notebook was unveiled.
The design features ornate patterns integrating cherry blossoms, graceful floras, a peacock and a butterfly; all set together on a Midnight-Blue background to create a magical nightscape. The gold details provide contrast with the patterns that gently intertwine with embedded Swarovski crystals.
Alongside another edition created in partnership with jewellery designer Jess Hannah, HP will auction a limited number of devices at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016 with the proceeds going to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.