Tord Boontje’s lighting designs sparkle with light

A very modern romance

Tord Boontje

Tord Boontje by Angela Moore

In a special tribute to Swarovski’s 120th anniversary this year, the crystal maison has produced a series of videos featuring interviews with leading designers and innovators from a range of sectors. This month, famous Dutch designer Tord Boontje, whose partnership with Swarovski dates back to 2000, shares insights into how he uses crystal to push the creative boundaries of his work.

Among this mild-mannered, seriously gifted designer’s most famous lighting collaborations is Blossom chandelier, originally conceived for Swarovski Crystal Palace. Consisting of delicately twisted and bejeweled branches inspired by nature, it is now a cutting-edge design classic. A consummate creative thinker, Boontje has also turned his hand to jewelry design: these range from the simplicity of pieces that combine richly colored crystals with simple cherry pips from his aunt’s garden, to his collection for Atelier Swarovski, which includes a stunning necklace based on the design of Blossom chandelier. “On the one hand,” he says, “I create things that are contemporary and modern; on the other, they are also very human and romantic. Crystal helps, because it adds a feeling of romance and glamour.”

Chambers of Wonder at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds

At the center of “Silent Light” is the eponymous, spectacularly sparkling crystal tree by designers Tord Boontje and Alexander McQueen.

Working on the cusp of design and craft, Boontje’s output is wonderfully eclectic: ‘Silent Light’ is a perfect illustration—a Christmas tree designed by Alexander McQueen and Tord Boontje that was commissioned by London’s V&A museum in 2003. Choosing to make the entire tree, rather than only the decorations, the project required 1.5 tonnes of Swarovski crystals!

Boontje is also the creative brain behind the redesign of one of the Chambers of Wonder at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds, which reopened in April 2015 to coincide with the company’s major milestone. It’s a partnership made in design heaven, and we look forward to seeing a lot more glittering, twinkling magic to come.