6/10 Commonplace Studio X Aldo Bakker
Iconic Dutch Design is recontexualized by a younger generation in the jubilee exhibition of contemporary design publisher Thomas Eyck. In collaboration with Zuiderzee Museum and curator Jules van den Langenberg this section is first to publish a series of new projects.
To mark his jubilee ten product series were selected from Thomas Eyck’s collection, which are exemplary for the collaborations the publisher & distributor has developed with designers and producers since 2007. Accordingly, ten young designers, artists and architects were invited to create a project in which the iconic t.e. objects are studied and recontextualised. The retrospective exhibition reviews the past decade and forecasts a potential future for the t.e. collection. Installation 06/10 is a reflection on the ‘Copper Collection’ ornaments, developed for Thomas Eyck in 2010 by Aldo Bakker Studio in collaboration with Dubbelop.
This installation by Commonplace Studio brings together everyday concepts: eating, telling the time, daydreaming. Jon Stam, who was a student of designer Aldo Bakker ten years ago, reflects on the relationship between student and teacher. Along with his colleague Simon de Bakker, he shows the differences and hidden similarities between their work and that of Aldo Bakker Studio. Both have worked with copper, a material that conducts heat extremely well. Both combine this traditional material with contemporary techniques. Aldo Bakker uses electricity to make his ornaments, while at Commonplace Studio heat is used to make the numbers on the clock.
Commonplace Studio reflects on a serie of Studio Aldo Bakker. Studio Aldo Bakker’s ‘Copper Collection’ consists of a series of copper ornaments that Bakker designed for Thomas Eyck in 2010. The gravy pan, candle-holder, mixing bowl, soy pourer, watering can and candle dome are fabricated using both traditional and new manufacturing methods. Bakker does this by working closely with Dubbelop in Schoonhoven, where the well-thought-out designs are transformed into flawless items.
Thanks to their sophisticated design and the unlimited time and attention devoted to the manufacturing process, Bakker’s copper creations take on an unusual, almost alien appearance. Some items require a time-consuming technique which uses electrolysis to shape the copper. This process takes sixteen weeks.