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Dutch Designer Aldo Bakker

Getting to Know Aldo Bakker

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 The Tonus stool, which was originally made of urushi with copper flakes, is equally lovely when carved out of a solid block of oak (see below).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.

Want to learn more about Aldo Bakker? If you're in Amsterdam, check out his work at Droog or Particles Gallery. Or, learn more about him and his work on his website.

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