Light, Color and Nature’s Play *Tord Boontje

Spring is in the not so far off distance

There is no better artist to celebrate the coming of spring than Tord Boontje , the Dutch-born London-based designer who creates highly detailed glassware, lighting and furniture that all reflect the playful side of nature.

Born in Enschede, Netherlands in 1968 Boontje studied industrial design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and then went on to pursue a master course at the Royal College of Art in London, where he now teaches. He has designed everything from limited edition to mass marketed pieces, making his work known round the world.

The first thing that strikes me when looking at Boontje’s work is his impressive ability to creatively combine naturally playful elements with a clean sophistication. His pieces have a way of seeming nearly organic, absorbing cues from the natural environment and then combining those with the precision of hi-tech techniques. The end product is both whimsical and sharp.

Many recognize his Wednesday Light lamp done for European home furnishings company ‘Habitat ‘. I think the reason that so many of us are entranced with pieces like this are their enticing use of light. As Boontje says himself, he is not inspired by light itself, but darkness. “Light can be a very powerful tool to influence a space. I like the dappled light in forests, and the glitter and sparkle of ice, cities, crystal and parties,” Boontje told Design Museum .

Boontje’s work borders on both design and craft, putting as much emphasis on the process of creating and making as the end product. Seeing his work almost forces us to think about the steps involved in making his complex pieces, engaging us in not only the work but also the creation.

Rust by Tord Boontje
http://www.tordboontje.com
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