Tord Boontje (b. 1968) graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1991 where he studied Industrial Design, and earned a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art in London in 1994. By ‘96 he had founded his own studio in London, and remained there until 2005, at which point he relocated to Bourg-Argental, France. Boontje was nominated for the Designer Of The Year Award at the Design Museum 2003, and also nominated for Designer of the Year by Elle Decoration UK. There, the Garland Light won the award for best light and Readers Choice for Future Classic.