Decemberzegels: Tord Boontje designs narrative festive stamps
London-based designer Tord Boontje’s shimmering botanic aesthetic has graced collections from chairs for Porto Romana to lighting for Swarovski. The romance and joy of his naturally organic and poetically-inclined style is once again celebrated in his latest festive commission for the Netherlands post office, a set of 10 stamp designs for the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The designs are made up of innocent illustrations of wildlife and humans, all interacting amongst rural festive backdrops. Reminiscent of a more traditional and childhood Christmas tale, the designs appear in unconventionally festive tones of black and blue mixed with reds and whites, all encompassing a communicative feel. ‘I intentionally opted for a few animals that aren’t usually associated with December; for example a swallow, which you won’t see here in December, as they spend their winters in Africa,’ explains Boontje, ‘it’s symbolic and in this way the stamps also refer to those who can’t be here during the festive season.’
This symbolism is enriched through the animations available for each of the stamps forming the small stories. Included in the collection are narratives of a rabbit jumping up to a deer, or a swallow landing on a reindeer’s back while a fox is embracing a kitten in its fur. These tales take place among the twisting snowflakes and swaying trees, all curvaceously formed with a modern and artistic pastoral theme.
Boontje’s narrative designs are now available from post offices in the Netherlands throughout December, spreading the warmth and spirit of the holidays. ’My aim was to create a festive feeling without the normal Christmas cliches,’ the designer reiterates. (That won’t stop us from thinking of Boontje as Father Christmas, mind.)