tord boontje: the lacemaker tord boontje: the lacemaker
jul 21, 2010

tord boontje: the lacemaker

tord boontje: the lacemaker marsden woo gallery, london on now until july 31st, 2010

raffia lamp all photography by phil sayer

in dutch designer tord boontje‘s new collection of work, he overturns conventional expectations of what lace might be:

‘with lace, all the value is invested in the labour and so it seemed a good idea to start working with cheap materials. but also, by changing the material you can change the references.’ – tord boontje

his exhibition ‘the lacemaker’ at marsden woo gallery, includes lighting, furniture and fashion pieces constructed from low-tech materials using traditional craft skills. included is a dramatic black sofa that emerges as a large three-dimensional web-like structure of bound and knotted aramide and dynema fibres. there are curtains composed in a random pattern of tangled flora, along with a selection of hanging lights which are all made from natural raffia. other smaller, more delicate works include jewelry, such as necklaces, a hairpiece and test samples that are made from natural materials, including grass.

this body of work was influenced by boontje’s invitation by the design center at the university of philadelphia earlier this year, to respond to their historic quaker lace company collection which was presented in an exhibition entitled ‘lace in translation’. on this occasion, boontje spent three days immersed in the center’s archives and the resulting new pieces contain quotes from the original lace articles that attracted his attention.

general exhibition view

raffia dress

raffia mirror

material samples

working samples

lace curtain

lace sofa

general exhibition view

  • Unremittingly ugly. how is this guy tutor at RCA?

    mook says:
  • OPPOSITE TO MOOK I FIND IT BEAUTIFUL AND VERY CREATIVE!

    GABYO says:
  • mook ..have to say your taste in design is totally boxed in ..open the lid sweetie this work belongs to a long tradition of knotting and weaving from ethnic to modernist …where do you live in the dark..this guy is so on it

    isabella says:
  • Simply Gorgeous

    Dirk says:
  • Isabella.. just because it’s traditional doesn’t mean you have to like it. It’s ugly to me too.

    jk says:
  • I love his before works with pattern.
    And I love more he create somethig new.
    he is not obssed with his old works.

    shin says:
  • who is going to dust this? (-:

    andrea says:
  • Design is very impressive, I am very interested in the natural materials used. in my country is still very little awareness about the potential of nature. After seeing the work you want to develop so many things in my country

    erdiana kartikasari says:

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