Tord Boontje, ‘No. 12 Magnetic Fields Tray’, 2013, Chamber
Tord Boontje, ‘No. 12 Magnetic Fields Tray’, 2013, Chamber

With this design Tord Boontje transforms flat surface to appear effervescent, like cooling black lava. As the title "Magnetic Fields Tray" suggests, it's the exposure to magnetic fields that creates this beautiful holographic pattern. Whilst in a liquid state, electric magnets are used to move around the pigments in the coating. Once the coating solidifies, these invisible forces remain recorded.

The Magnetic Fields tray was inspired by sci-fi and gives the illusion of mystery and depth, whatever it carries. Out of all the designs in the Magnetic Fields range, which includes furniture and wall-pieces, the tray is the most multi-faceted, being decorative as well as functional.

Image rights: Loek Blonk

London, The United Kingdom

About Tord Boontje

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.

Dutch, b. 1968