Boontje is considered a ‘Neo-Decorative’ designer. His designs place an emphasis on decoration and the re-use of historical forms. He often uses computers and industrial technology to achieve handmade and very decorative effects.
The tree rings and wood grain pattern in 100 Years has been laser cut, in a way not possible by hand. The enchanting shapes reflect the naturalistic theme prevalent in so much of Boontje’s work. Despite its incredibly delicate appearance, 100 Years is actually quite robust.
Fabric produced and supplied courtesy of Kvadrat.
Boontje first studied industrial design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven 1986–1991, and then went on to study for a Masters at the Royal College of Art from 1992–1994. Studio Tord Boontje was founded in 1996. Boontje lived and worked in London from 1995 to 2005, when he moved his home and studio to Bourg-Argental, France. In 2009 he took up his appointment as Professor and Head of Design Products at the Royal College of Art, and continues work at his own studio now located back in London. Boontje’s work can be found in many public collections including MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.