A delicate marriage, he calls it. Most are, I'd say, excepting maybe Edward Albee's hapless George and Martha.
The Annabel sofa:
I suppose it's a marriage that could explain the work of all designers. For the most part, I suspect it's more of an open marriage. Boontje believes his designs are contemporary without forsaking tradition and that technology shouldn't "abandon people and senses." He also believes the emotionality of his work comes in part from his use of natural forms, the flower and plant motifs. Unlike the way nature was used in Art Nouvea, Boonjte uses nature more as a graphic reference rather than a structural one. It overlays his work and adds layers. It may be the vestigial expression of his childhood ambition to go into forestry.
Above, Doll House chairs; below, End Revolution chair:
Boontje revisits the Arne Jacobsen Egg chair (1958):
The Little Field of Flowers rug:
Born and raised in Enschede, the Netherlands, Boontje left his homeland to attend graduate school in London and stayed on to establish his professional career. He's since relocated to Bourg-Argental, France.
The Fig Leaf wardrobe:
Boontje describes his work:
It is layered. The layers shift, sometimes its really pretty and uplifting, sometimes its more dark and scary like a scary story, like an alfred hitchcock film! Sometimes its very floral and sometimes its much cooler and reduced and abstract.
The flower images on the table top below aren't silk screened or stenciled but are actual pressed flowers:
He's created skins for HP computers and iPhones:
Moving toward the abstract, the Summer Trees commode:
A collection of Ceiling lamps: They're called Future Flora but they could just as well be Future Fauna for the insect-like appearance.
Clearly, Boontje is a big fan of Enzo Mari as demonstrated with his Rough and Ready collection. This utilitarian DIY furniture is a response to sustainability and "urban situations." It's intended to be made from salvaged or cheap materials and its unfinished "incompleteness" is wholly intentional. Design need not be elitist or unattainable for those who desire it, a sentiment that both Mari and Boontje share.
Below, he explores more finished work.
A neatly disguised cabinet:
The Stitched chair: You can't see it here but there is yarn stitched through the eyelet style holes.
An example of the reduced and cooler industrial vibe: The Nest armchair.
Boontje is also a big fan of Gaudi—which may partly explain the chair above—the victorian period, the arts and crafts movement, and Israeli industrial designer and architect Ron Arad.
The outdoor Shadowy deck chair:
Boontje has other ambitions as well. He'd love to design a hotel and maybe do a film featuring Madonna or Goldfrapp or even Grimm Brothers' fairy tale.
A view from his Shoreditch, London store: