On my recent trip to Holland, I had the great fortune to stop by designer Aldo Bakker's monastery-like studio in Amsterdam. The designer of tableware, furniture, and functional objects started his career as a jewelry maker, as did his father, Gjis Bakker, one of the founders of design powerhouse Droog. I've been a fan of Bakker's work for some time now, and taking a peek into the designer's inner sanctum and design process was a thrilling opportunity for me. Looking much like a younger, yoga-toned Brad Pitt, Aldo Bakker's grace of presence was matched only by his supple, graceful designs.
Keep reading to learn more about this designer.
- Aldo Bakker's designs reflect his lengthy, meditative design process. His concentration on high-quality materials and timeless design defy throwaway culture and consumerism.
- Many of his pieces, such as his Salt Cellar (seen above) are beautiful objects outside of their practical uses. However, Bakker's work always remains loyal to a functionality that is sometimes lacking in other, less thoughtful designs.
- Bakker also freely experiments with his use of materials. The Tonus stool, which was originally made of urushi with copper flakes, is equally lovely when carved out of a solid block of oak (see below).
- He doesn't play favorites. When I asked Bakker about his favorite material to work with, he said he had none. Instead, he concentrates on the process, and enjoys that process whether he's working on a smaller piece of tableware or a large furniture piece.