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Dutch designer Tord Boontje doesn’t dig minimalism. To his highly evolved sense of decoration, modern design is at risk of losing touch with the patterns and sensuality found in nature. “I want to reintroduce nature into decoration, to reference the whole 18th-century folk-craft tradition,” says Boontje, who was lured from his studio in France to teach at the Royal College of Art in London. His latest romantic antidote for the minimalist epidemic is Future Flora Lights for Artecnica, a line of pendulous, matte-silver lanterns (suitable for outdoor use with the addition of an outdoor light fitting). At first glance, the lights might pass for pretty, curving Art Nouveau style fixtures, but look closer. They’re unsettling, unusual and the floral shapes are vaguely off-kilter. Ironically, Boontje says that it’s modern technology that allows him to create his sensual shapes. The photo-etched metal lanterns are assembled into one of three distinctive designs, Rugiada, Nadine or Laure (named for Boontje’s assistants, pictured is Laure). Boontje likes to hang them in clusters for the full unearthly, yet-inspired-by-nature, effect. aplusrstore.com