Tord Boontje

Art & Design


Walking the streets of Venice & Florence – as I so luckily spent some time doing recently – the neatest and most unexpected little design displays catch the corner of your eye…modern, old, historical, playful, artistic. Those cities are just bleeding with inspiration, it is hard to miss anything, all the while being too much to take in – even after 3 weeks.
Venice’s window displays caught my attention a couple of times however, for reasons other than the beautiful masks of Carnival, glass jewelry and various other tourist-y baubles and art. There were a few places – including one restaurant – which were showcasing Tord Bontje’s Midsummer Light, but not in the original white. I saw baby pink, rainbow water-color effects and tie-dye white dripping into bright blues, fuschia and orange. Amazing. Clearly, the Italian’s know good design when they see it.
With such a simple idea which we have all been doing since grade school – you all remember snowflake cutouts during the holidays, right? – this pendant offers such a hip and soft visual delight for any room…and lucky for me, as I walked through one of my favorite souks here in Dubai the other day, there was my favorite white dripping into bright orange version hanging in the window of a pop-art store – soon to be hanging in my bedroom!


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  1. schicago

    Mar 31, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Wow..I love the cutout lamp..PLEASE tell me there is a way to get that???
    Thank you!!

  2. Sven-Erik

    Apr 17, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Very nice lamp. Have one in my livingroom. A shame they dont sell it bigger.

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