Thomas Voorn (1977) is a Dutch designer & art director based in Rotterdam
The studio creates prints, products and creative concepts in the margin of fashion, art and interior. Each project is characterised by a strong visual idea, led by Voorn's fascinations and urge to capture what is modern.
"...I am always looking for a certain tension between object and surroundings. I professionally play with print/colour combinations on the border of dose/overdose, leaving things real and random with a handmade feel versus slick and polished. By doing so I define what is fresh at that moment in time.."
Thomas also works freelance and on commission, translating his concepts into applied artwork for a wide range of clients. In each project he demonstrates his contemporary vision on colours and prints, products and presentation with his signature style. To develop new ideas he works in a multidisciplinary way. Looking for a contemporary clash and match, pushing the borders and subtly twisting reality; Studio Thomas Voorn winks to daily life.
Projects include photographic patterns of Chanel shoes for Harper's Bazaar, homegrown flowers and plants captured in photographic floral wallpaper and textile prints, draped clothing letters for advertising agency Fallon London, a photographic hay logo on the cover of Elle magazine, and pattern art for hotelroom curtains, bedding and wallpaper at design hotel Modez.
"...As an independent creative I do not feel limited to just one category. I work for magazines, advertising agencies, shops, other designers and brands to self-initiated projects. The starting point may vary from concept development to design or art direction; looking at brand identity, atmosphere, text and context, but my aim always is to inspire the imagination."
Dutch designer Thomas Voorn graduated with first class honours at the renowned fashion department of Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design London in 2002. He works on commission base at art direction & design projects in The Netherlands and abroad, and is a frequently invited tutor. For more then ten years he has been an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins and taught freelance at several Dutch design academies e.g. ArtEZ fashion department Arnhem.
Thomas Voorn points you into new directions
You are welcome to commission him
And many private clients
XBank Gallery Amsterdam 2016
Designkwartier The Hague 2016
Dutch Design Week Kazerne 2015
Salon Beijing China 2013
Salon Amsterdam 2012
Inside Design Amsterdam 2011
Arnhem Mode Biennale 2011
Residence de la Mode 2010
Amsterdam Fashion Week Downtown 2009
Arnhem Mode Biennale 2009
City Museum Portsmouth 2007
Crafts Gallery Bilston 2007
Crafts Council Gallery London 2006
City Gallery Leicester 2006
Design Centre Barnsley 2006
Electric Ballroom London 2005
Zeniya Inc s/s Showroom Tokyo 2004
Zeniya Inc a/w Showroom Tokyo 2004
Lethaby Gallery London 2003
London Fashion Week OffSchedule 2003
Zeniya Inc s/s Showroom Tokyo 2003
Festival International des Arts de la Mode Hyeres 2002
London Institute Gallery 2002
Victoria & Albert Museum London 2001
Textiel Museum Tilburg 1999
Textiel Museum Tilburg 1997
PRIZES & GRANTS
German Design Award Nominee 2017
Fonds Beeldende Kunst Design Grant 2009
Festival de la Mode Hyeres Finalist 2002
Waterman Design Competition Central St. Martins Winner 2001
Victoria & Albert Corset Competition Central St. Martins Finalist 2001
Fonds Beeldende Kunst Study Grant 1999
Bodyfashion Design Contest Nominee 1999
Bodyfashion Design Contest Nominee 1997