Scholten & Baijings, design duo
Stefan Scholten (1972) and Carole Baijings (1973) combine minimal forms and balanced use of colour with traditional craft techniques and industrial production in a distinctive, almost un-Dutch design style. Scholten & Baijings build a bridge between designer, artisan and manufacturer. Their close involvement in the production process results in design with both a perfect finish and a personal signature. This perfection is the result of their comprehensive vision of the genesis of the product, executed in close collaboration with skilled craftspeople and leading producers. Widely differing ways of working are translated by Scholten & Baijings into products that are at once functional and individual, including lamps, rugs, occasional tables, scarves, glassware, tableware and furniture. The finesse, entrancing colours and subtle use of materials in their work have earned considerable admiration in the international design world. In 2010 Scholten & Baijings won the ‘Woonbeurs Award’ and the ‘Dutch Design Award’ for ‘Paper Table’, while Wallpaper* magazine has nominated them as its ‘Designer of the Year’(2011) and has given them its ‘Design Award’ for their ‘Paper Porcelain’ service. During the Salone del Mobile, Milan 2011, Scholten & Baijings were awarded with the Elle decoration international design awards (EDIDA) for 'young designer talent 2011'.
In 2011 the Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch organized the first major exhibition (Blush - design in full colour) of design duo Scholten & Baijings. The unique presentation did focus on the individual approach adopted by this young Dutch design agency. The exhibition focuses on Scholten & Baijings’ individual design process and personal way of working, which are presented from four different perspectives: ‘Delighted States’ – essential collaborations with museums, reflecting on historical collections; ‘In Fusion’ – the ‘studio’ approach, based on workshop thinking; ‘D-constructed’ – widely varying production processes with national and international manufacturers; and ‘Live in Colour’ – Scholten & Baijings’ take on the use of products in a contemporary living environment. The process from concept via design and choice of production to final product is, therefore, the common thread running through the exhibition.