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Tord Boontje is known for his expression of romanticism in contemporary design. Some of his designs are whimsical and light-hearted; at the same time they can connect with strong emotions.

I’m interested in creating elements for everyday life that are exciting and uplifting to live with” says Boontje. With a strong interest in storytelling, nature, decoration, materials and technology, his work has an experimental approach. The results can vary from the ornate to the minimal, from the handcrafted to made-by-robots.

Tord Boontje is originally from the Netherlands and his education at the Eindhoven Design Academy and the Royal College of Art in London set the foundations for Studio Tord Boontje.

Established in 1996, the studio’s early projects were already in the area of mass production as well as experimental one-off pieces.

The studio has since worked with international companies on a range of products that includes lighting, graphic identity, textiles, ceramics, site-specific installations, and furniture. Work can be found in major museum collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and MoMA in New York.

This extremely creative and prolific studio responds to and leads trends. An interest in social issues grew into working with artisans in developing countries and led to projects in Guatemala, Senegal, Rio de Janeiro and Columbia.

The studio has grown, evolved and travelled. They spent 5 years in rural France before Boontje decided to return to London in 2009 and engage with education, taking up the challenging appointment as Professor and Head of Design Products at the Royal College of Art, a position he held for 4 years.

Milestones

1991 Graduated Eindhoven Design Academy

1994 Graduated Royal College of Art

1996 Established Studio Tord Boontje in Peckham, South London

2002 Designed the Garland for Habitat

2004 Happy Ever After installation at Moroso’s Milan showroom

2005 Moved to Bourg-Argental, France

2007 Monograph published by Rizzoli New York

2009 Returned to London to take up position at the Royal College of Art

2012 Moves studio to Shoreditch, East London and opens a retail space

2013 Steps down as Head of Design Products

2015 ORIGINALS selling exhibition at Sotheby’s London with Emma Woffenden

2016 Initiated Electro Craft exhibition which was hosted at his Shoreditch space

Work in Public Collections

MoMA, New York
Cooper Hewitt, New York
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
British Council, London
Crafts Council, London
Manchester City Gallery
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Groninger Museum, Groningen
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Helsinki Design Museum
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

Awards

2013 Red Dot Design Award

2011 Wallpaper* Design Awards

2008 Elle Décor Design Award

2007 Red Dot Design Award

2006 IF Product Design Award

2005 Dutch Designer of the Year

2005 Innovation Prize for Textile Collection, Cologne Fair

2004 Best Product, New York Gift Fair

2003 Designer of the Year, Elle Decoration

2003 Short-listed, Designer of the Year, Design Museum London