The Lacemaker by Tord Boontje

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The Lacemaker by Tord Boontje

Dutch designer Tord Bootje presents a collection of work made with lace-making techniques from materials including grass and raffia at the Marsden Woo Gallery in London.

The Lacemaker by Tord Boontje

Called The Lacemaker, the collection was created for the Design Centre at Philadelphia University in response to their collection of Quaker lace.

The Lacemaker by Tord Boontje

The exhibition continues until 31 July.

The Lacemaker by Tord Boontje

Photographs are by Phil Sayer.

The Lacemaker by Tord Boontje

Here's some more information from the gallery, written by Tessa Peters:


Tord Boontje is well-known for his original design vision and with this eclectic and exciting collection of new work he overturns conventional expectations of what lace might be. ‘With lace’, he points out, ‘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’.

The Lacemaker by Tord Boontje

Works in the exhibition include a dramatic black sofa that emerges from a large three-dimensional web-like structure of bound and knotted Aramide and Dynema fibres.

The Lacemaker by Tord Boontje

The sofa is one example of what he has been able to create by employing traditional craft skills, while substituting unorthodox materials.

The Lacemaker by Tord Boontje

Others are a curtain composed in a random pattern of tangled flora and a selection of exuberant lighting designs, all constructed from natural raffia.

The Lacemaker by Tord Boontje

Some of the more delicate works are items of jewellery, such as necklaces and a hairpiece, and a selection of test samples made in a variety of natural materials, including grass.

The Lacemaker by Tord Boontje

Inspiration for this body of work came from an invitation by the Design Center at the University of Philadelphia to respond to their historic Quaker Lace Company collection and to make work for an exhibition entitled ‘Lace in Translation’ held at the Center earlier this year.

The Lacemaker by Tord Boontje

Boontje spent three days immersed in the Center’s archives and the resulting new works contain quotes from the original lace articles that attracted his attention.


See also:

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Charming by
Tord Boontje
Rain by Tord Boontje
for Moroso
Witches’ Kitchen by
Studio Tord Boontje
  • tanya telford – T

    oh my gosh this is a lot like the hand made work i did for Alexander McQueen, for one of his collections (a few years ago)…. I will see if the Alexander McQueen people will let me publish it somewhere, coincidently was just speaking to some one at Vogue UK about it (they did amazing shoot of it when it first came out), fingers crossed, (really like some of the above), -I better stay away from Tord though (only joking but my material content was slightly different), smile from me,