Tord Boontje practices a heterodox embrace of modernism and centuries-old tradition in his domestic design work, which is constantly reinvigorated by the advent of new technologies. “I am very disappointed by the global blandness that surrounds us and try to find ways out... The modernist rational of unadorned production starts to break down when new possibilities arrive every day,” he has said. Based in London, where he was formerly the head of the Royal College of Art’s design program, Boontje creates work that is characterized by older, labor-intensive techniques—such as embroidery and etching—interpreted through newer digital and industrial processes. Although influenced by the ornate details of 17th- and 18th-century designs, Boontje filters these through a contemporary sensibility, such as in his chandeliers that break from conventional form, instead resembling ornamental tree branches suspended from the ceiling.