Tord Boontje, London 2009
Magic-making Dutchman with universal appeal; now focussed on own London studio after professorial spell at the RCA.
Tord Boontje was photographed here in the week that he took up his post as Professor and Head of Design Products at the RCA in 2009, following on from Ron Arad. For me, Tord's work is forever symbolised by the Garland lightshade, an ethereal affair of tangled acid-etched metal that comes flat-packed to arrange at will. It went on sale in Habitat in 2002, and is still there today. "Design can be married with emotion," Tord says, "and technology should not abandon people and their senses."
This year, he stepped down from the RCA to concentrate one again on his design practice, and the shop that now accompanies it.