Throughout his work, Tord Boontje explores juxtapositions of the old and new, naturalism and technology. Born in the Netherlands in 1968, he studied industrial design at the Eindhoven Design Academy before enrolling at the Royal College of Art in London. The launch of Tord’s Wednesday Collection marks an evolution in Tord’s work.
The Wednesday Collection harnesses advanced technologies to unexpected materials. Tord has developed a romantic and poetic aesthetic, depicting nature combined with a flair for vibrant colour. Following the success of the Wednesday Collection, Habitat’s production of his Wednesday light (the renowned Garland light), and his continued alliance with Swarovski, designing chandeliers for their Crystal Palace project, he was nominated for the Designer Of The Year Award at the Design Museum 2003. Tord was nominated Designer of the Year by Elle Decoration UK and the Garland Light won the awards for best light and readers choice for Future Classic.
Tord Boontje is also Head of the Product Design Dept. at the Royal College of Arts in London where he teaches graduate courses.