- Date of birth
- Distinguishing features
Boontje finds inspiration in nature and uses technology to create detail-rich objects that explore the border between old and new, often leading and responding to trends.
Established in 1996, Tord Boontje’s studio’s early projects involved creating free or low-cost products such as Transglass, Rough-and-Ready furniture and the Wednesday Collection. He has worked with a range of international companies such as Shiseido, Yamaha, Hewlett Packard, Swarovski, Moroso and Habitat and has major collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Design Museum and Tate Modern in London and MoMA and Cooper Hewitt in New York. Boontje’s dedication to social issues has also led him to work with artisans in developing countries and led to projects in Guatemala, Senegal, Rio de Janeiro and Columbia. Since its founding, his studio has travelled and grown, spending 5 years in rural France before Boontje decided to return to London in 2009, where he was appointed Professor and Head of Design Products at the Royal College of Art - a position he held for four years. His creative range of products includes lighting, graphics, textiles, ceramics and furniture.