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. 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 Featuring a wealth of previously unpublished images from the designers' personal archives, it takes the reader behind the scenes of this contemporary product design studio and allows intimate access to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.
Louise Schouwenberg is a Dutch writer and curator. She writes for several international magazines, has contributed to a large number of books on design and curated various art and design exhibitions. In 2010 she was appointed Associate Professor of Design Theory (Lector) and Head of the Masters Department for Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven.