Tord Boontje



September 2017

Presenting Luminous Reflections for Swarovski during London Design Festival

Presenting Luminous Reflections for Swarovski during London Design Festival

A new collection of chandeliers and crystal lighting components, designed exclusively for Swarovski Crystal Palace, will be presented at Design Frontiers located at Somerset House, during this year’s London Design Festival.

For the first time, I have had the opportunity to change the shape of the lighting crystals. I wanted a ‘soft light’ effect; the quality of light you see in a misty or snowy landscape or on a lake as dancing light reflections.

2 years in development, Luminous Reflections comprises four lighting pieces and three specially developed lighting components.

2017 marks 15 years of collaboration between Swarovski and Tord Boontje.

Design Frontiers is a group exhibition and will run from 18-24 September 2017.

Register for free tickets to the exhibition.

May 2017

Dawn to Dusk at Riverside Gardens in Nine Elms

Dawn to Dusk at Riverside Gardens in Nine Elms

Dawn to Dusk, a series of rotating seats located along the Thames Path in South West London launches to coincide with Chelsea Fringe, an annual festival of flowers, gardens and gardening.

I was inspired after learning that J.M.W. Turner apparently used to come here to the river to paint at this unique spot where you can see the sun rising and setting above the water. The benches and chairs are designed to turn towards the view of your choosing.

Find out more about Dawn to Dusk

May 2017

U-50 International Hokuriku Kogei Award open call

Registration for the U-50 International Hokuriku Kogei Award, for which Tord is a committee member, is now open and closes on 31 May 2017.

An award for designers, artists and crafts people aged 50 or under and who work in fields related to KOGEI, or artisan crafts, it is part of the International Hokuriku Kogei Summit that celebrates the crafts of the Hokuriku region in Japan and will include a symposium and exhibition to take place in November 2017.

Open to groups or individuals, six winners are awarded prize money and their works presented in an exhibition at Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art & Design, Japan.

The winners also get an opportunity to create new designs in workshops in Hokuriku.

Find out more about the award.

April 2017

Creating the Contemporary Chair exhibition at NGV

Creating the Contemporary Chair exhibition at NGV

The Shadowy chair is on show at National Gallery of Victoria International in Melbourne Australia as part of the exhibition Creating the Contemporary Chair.

The exhibition features thirty-five chairs that have recently been acquired by the museum through the support of the Gordon Moffit Gift. National Gallery of Victoria is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia.

Creating the Contemporary Chair is on now until 15 October 2017.

April 2017

Meadow in Milan

Meadow in Milan

Meadow is a family of upholstered benches inspired by the small clearings one comes upon in the woods and was presented this year at Moroso’s stand in Milan.

They were first produced in 2016 when they formed part of our English Garden textiles collection for Christopher Farr.

Find out more about Meadow.

January 2017

Collect: Benefit Auction 2017

Collect: Benefit Auction 2017

Support the Crafts Council and bid in the Collect auction to help build a new home for craft in London.
The leading voice for craft in the UK, the Crafts Council reaches over 3.8 million people a year through its exhibitions, collections loans and learning programmes.

We’ve donated pieces from Witches’ Kitchen consisting of a casserole pot, saucepan and wooden utensils. The collection is a collaborative effort in sustainable design commissioned by Artecnica as part of their Design With Conscience project and made by artisan communities in Brazil, Colombia, and Guatemala.

All auction works are on view at Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects from 2-6 February 2017 in London. Bidding for the auction will close on February 6th at 4:00pm GMT.

November 2016

Hairy Creature Speakers

Hairy Creature Speakers

14 of Yamaha’s LSX-70 and LSX-170 speakers have been transformed into Hairy Creature Speakers.

With a soundscape composed by sonic artist Manabu Shimada and hosted at Tracey Neuls in Marylebone, the speakers are available to see from now until November 20th.

The addition of materials, including horsehair and sisal, turn the industrially produced speakers into handcrafted objects which are warm, characterful and materially interesting.

The soundscape, composed exclusively for the show, will be played using the speakers from the 18th to 20th November. The composition consists of two parts: a musique concrète soundscape using Yamaha field recordings and postmodern minimal music for piano and string quartet, inspired by the material of the Hairy Creature Speakers.

The speakers will be exhibited alongside Tracey’s distinctive shoes handmade by skilled craftspeople, with carefully chosen materials.

Find out more about the speakers.

September 2016

Explore ‘Electro Craft’ with Tord Boontje and Gareth Williams

Explore ‘Electro Craft’ with Tord Boontje and Gareth Williams

Explore Electro Craft with initiator Tord Boontje and Professor Gareth Williams. Williams is Head of the Department of Design in the School of Art and Design and Professor of Design at Middlesex University and wrote the show’s accompanying essay ‘Hand-making Complexity‘.

We'll also be joined by a couple of the exhibitors.


6pm Wednesday 5 October
23 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London
Free to attend
Limited to 20 people

Drop us an email to book your place.

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