Wednesday, June 13, 2007

DOUBLE DUTCH: Tord Boontje and Hella Jongerius

You may not recognize their names and you may even have a hard time pronouncing it, but I have little doubt you’ll have a hard time recognizing their work. This dynamic duo is on the cutting edge of home design and they are poised to become major players in tableware. Dutch designers Hella Jongerius and Tord Boontje are known for juxtaposing the old and new, craft and industry, high tech and low tech , it is this brilliant combination that makes both their works so extraordinary.

Who will ever forget when Target and Tord Boontje partnered to create Studio Tord Boontje for Target, a whimsical product collection in Target stores that represented a contemporary interpretation of holiday design. Tord was the first Target designer partner to create the in-store environment, marketing, advertising and product packaging for a seasonal campaign.

Coming up next by Tord Boontje is a collection of kitchenware for Artecnica! I can’t wait!

The Dutch designer Hella Jongerius is on the cusp of design, craft and art. Her work has quickly become modern classics for their simplicity, wit and spare beauty. Hella Jongerius' four-piece ceramic collection is part of Artecnica's socially and environmentally responsible Design With Conscience collection. It is handcrafted by artisans in Peru, with the help of the non-profit organization Aid to Artisans.
'Beads and Pieces' collection is executed in the smooth black ceramic typical of traditional Peruvian pottery. Small bowl - $125.00, Medium bowl - $250.00, Large bowl - $675.00, Bottle - $475.00,

Tord Boontje’s Table stories is a collection of dinnerware designs in fine porcelain and glass with sophisticated and intricate graphics named dreamscapes. All dishware is available in blue, red and light grey over white porcelain with patterns on both sides of plates. All glassware is screened over clear glass.

above - (l): Table Stories red charger, $70.00. (r): Table Stories blue charger, $70.00
below - (l): Table Stories dinner set of 4, $175.00 (r): Table Stories bowls set of 4, $165.00. All available at Moss.

Artecnica collaborated with Guatemalan craftsmen to bring Emma Woffenden and Tord Boontje’s designs to the market. TranSglass® is included in the permanent collection of MoMA New York. Since its launch, it has become one of Artecnica’s best-selling items. With its recycled origins and sleek, fluid design, tranSglass® conveys a positive attitude towards the environment. The new collection features vases, candle holders, carafes and tumblers crafted from recycled bottles.
The transglass collection includes four vases,, $120.00

To learn more about these two phenomenal designers, pick up their books. Great reads, wonderful addition to the coffee table and perfect for gifts.

(l): Hella Jongerius, the book signed by Hella Jongerius, $55.00, Moss. (r): Tord Boontje, $47.25; Amazon.

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