Dutch-born, London-based Tord Boontje’s relationship with Swarovski began in 2002, when he designed Blossom for Swarovski Crystal Palace. Famed for his beautiful, whimsical, and nature-inspired lighting pieces, Boontje’s signature aesthetic is a luxurious and modern romanticism. His work places as much emphasis on emotion as it does on design, drawing on the belief that modernism doesn’t have to mean minimalism, and that contemporary design need not ignore tradition. He trained at the Design Academy, Eindhoven, and at London’s Royal College of Art, setting up Studio Boontje in 1996. His work appears in major museum collections.
Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard describe the work of their studio as “fairy tales for grownups”. For them, design is about starting a conversation between their work and the observer. Usefulness is not key to their motivation. The word they use to further define their philosophy is “entopic”, used to Greek architect Constantinos Doxiadis, to describe his vision for the post-war reconstruction of Greece: “entopia is a real place, which satisfies the dreamer and is acceptable to the scientist, a place where the projections of the artist and the builder merge”. Fredrikson Stallard say: “If you want something useful you can go to IKEA. How you connect with an object is more important to us. In today´s disposable culture that relationship is increasingly lost, we are keen to enable a story with objects”.
vincent van duysen
Belgian designer Vincent Van Duysen is celebrated for an aesthetic that is characterized by a mix of simplicity, sensuality, and a preference for primary forms and compact volumes. Slipping effortlessly between architecture and interiors, among his earthy colors, raw woods and linens you’ll spot the DNA of the Flemish painting masters. He studied at the Architecture Institute Saint-Lucas in Ghent, founding his studio in Antwerp in 1990. Since then his sophisticated yet understated style has earned him a devoted following that includes the likes of Hollywood screen star Julianne Moore.