Design hero: Tord Boontje

It’s no secret that I love good design and smart ideas that make life easier or more beautiful. Fortunately, in this line of work, I’m able to see a lot of stunning homeware and furniture and, as a bonus, get to meet the amazing designers behind them.

Last year, I was lucky enough to be able to interview Tord Boontje. Dutch-born but London-based, his designs demonstrate a real love of nature (if he hadn’t been a designer, he might have ended up as a forester or scientist apparently), exhibiting the same elegance and delicacy as flowers and plants. Their popularity is testament to their simple yet dramatic roots, with Tord’s iconic Garland light for Habitat selling out in days when it was released in 2003, and its follow-up, Bouquet, becoming just as sought-after.

Garland light by Tord Boontje

Garland light by Tord Boontje

Since then I’ve become a bit of a Tord-phile, avidly following his new designs and saving up for the day when I can scatter them throughout my home. That day came a little sooner than I thought with the edition of a pretty set of stamps that Tord has designed for Post NL. Featuring a host of woodland creatures with stars and signature trailing leaves and trees, they’re both festive and timeless. Unusually, as well as the usual Christmas creatures, they also feature foxes and swans, with each a miniature ‘story’ about being together.

Tord Boontje designed stamps

Tord Boontje designed stamps

After dropping Post NL a line to see if there was anywhere in the UK I could find the stamps, they were sweet enough to pop me some in the post, which I’ve framed for my office wall – my own miniature slice of Tord artwork to enjoy all year round.

Framed Tord stamps

Framed Tord Boontje stamps

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