Tord Boontje


Magnetic Fields

Magnetic Fields

This collection of resin coated surfaces has an eerie depth in their embedded 3-dimensional patterns of electromagnetic movement, which allude to a dark sci-fi atmosphere. The principle can potentially be applied to create bags, shoes, to interior and exterior architectural cladding, to spaceships...

When I was working on a colour research project for a paint manufacturer, I discovered by accident that some of the pigments that I was working with responded to magnets. Seeing this, I realised that it would be possible to create patterns with this. I was drawn to this particular holographic effect, the suggested 3-dimensionality of the material. Over the last three years I have developed a method that allows me to create these magnetic field patterns. I chose to develop this in the first instance as a studio produced collection. Developing the project independently from external manufacturers allowed me to refine the technology and to develop the know-how in-house.

3-dimensional patterns

of electromagnetic movement

allude to a dark sci-fi atmosphere

Magnetic Fields
Magnetic Fields
Magnetic Fields
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Photography by Studio Tord Boontje