Reproducing Scholten & Baijings

A beautiful insight into the creative processes of one of the most exciting European design duos to have emerged in the last ten years

Author: Louise Schouwenberg


Price: €75.00

Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings established their Amsterdam-based studio Scholten & Baijings in 2000, and are now widely regarded as one of the most exciting, innovative and dynamic design duos in Europe. Renowned for their sensitive and subtle yet functional products, their striking and often unexpected use of colour and their exquisitely crafted objects, they have applied their distinctive style to everything from ceramics and silverware to textiles and even a concept car.

This, their first ever book, documents their design process – from the initial intricate drawings and sketches, through a multitude of models, prototypes, colour swatches and samples, to the finished product. Featuring a wealth of previously unpublished images from the designers’ personal archives, it takes the reader behind the scenes of this contemporary product design studio and allows intimate access to their working methods.

A beautiful and comprehensive monograph, the book focuses on their relationships with different manufacturers and includes the stories behind collaborations with Maharam, MINI, Georg Jensen, 1616?/ Arita Japan, Karimoku New Standard and Thomas Eyck, as well as including a complete list of works featuring all the projects they have designed to date. Opening with a foreword by Michael Maharam, with supporting text from design critic Louise Schouwenberg, the book’s stunning design by Joost Grootens includes a unique die-cut jacket, individually-crafted tip-ins and fluorescent book block edges.

This is a celebration of the designer-manufacturer relationship and a unique insight into the world of two of the most promising designers on the contemporary international design scene.


Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 348 pp
Illustrations: 500 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714868714

Louise Schouwenberg is a Dutch art and design critic. She writes for several international magazines, has contributed to a large number of books on design, and has curated a few exhibitions on the cutting edge of art and design. She is head of the Masters department Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven, and head of the Masters department Material Utopias (fine art & design) at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.

Contents and Sections:

Studio Scholten & Baijings
Photographer Nico Bick takes you into the studio - a space that reflects the design duo's aesthetics and creative thinking.

Scholten & Baijings in Context
Michael Maharam discusses the designer-manufacturer relationship with author, Louise Schouwenberg.

Reproducing Scholten & Baijings
Author Louise Schouwenberg introduces Scholten & Baijings and their creative processes, placing their work in the context of Dutch and international design.

Woven Willow
The design of Woven Willow was commissioned by Thomas Eyck, initiator and distributor of distinctive, exclusive design products, usually produced in small limited editions.

A studio project of limited edition artisanal products that exemplify Scholten & Baijings approach to design.

Colour Wood
A series of multicoloured tables, side tables, stools, trays and bowls, that resulted from a close collaboration with the woodworkers of the Japanese company Karimoku New Standard.

Colour Porcelain
A series of 53 items, including bowls, plates, cups and vases for 1616/Arita Japan.

Colour One for Mini
A concept car designed for MINI, BMW Group.

Tea with Georg
A selection of tableware for Danish company Georg Jensen.

Blocks & Grid
Two different textile designs for Maharam.

Complete works
A chronological list of Scholten & Baijings' complete works detailing each project, client and a description of the creative process.

"350 glorious fluoro-orange gilded pages… This book is not just a beautiful thing. It’s an exploration of creative process."—Telegraph Luxury

"Each project is presented with exhaustive and beautiful photography documenting the design stages as well as the finished pieces."—Crafts

"Goes far beyond being just a survey of their work… A stunning representation of Scholten & Baijing's thoughtful and detail-oriented working process."—wallpaper.com

"A brilliant look behind the scenes through over 300 pages of never before published imagery, relevant sketches and supporting texts."—Cool Hunting

"A thorough look at their process and respect for craft tradition as well as a kind of biographical portrait."—Sotheby's Magazine

"The reigning couple of color has made an indelibly saturated mark on the furniture scene of today."—Dwell.com

"350 glorious fluoro-orange gilded pages… This book is not just a beautiful thing. It’s an exploration of creative process."—Telegraph Luxury

"Each project is presented with exhaustive and beautiful photography documenting the design stages as well as the finished pieces."—Crafts

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