TRIED & TESTED
At the Spoorzone
9 June 2018
The exhibition ‘Simply Scandinavian – New Nordic Design 1945 – 2018’ opened at the Textielmuseum in Tilburg this weekend. It was put together by Dutch design duo Scholten & Baijings, who also designs for HAY and IKEA, and I was there to attend the opening!
Carole Baijings of design duo Scholten & Baijings says that the relationship between their design studio and the TextielMuseum goes way back. Of course, the Textielmuseum aims to teach visitors more about textiles, but they also have many machines that make it easier for designers like Studio Job, Mae Engelgeer, and Scholten & Baijings to try out specific techniques without having to buy one.
Together with curator Suzan Rüsseler, Scholten & Baijings set to work on the exhibition which shows an overview of design from Scandinavia in five themes. From the 1950s to today. The Flag Halyard chair by Hans J. Wegner is impressive, but you can also see the well-known IKEA stool. The famous Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton’s Visiona II, a residential landscape created by the designer for the Cologne Furniture Fair. They also shine a light on Scandinavian design of today. Think of a brand like Hay.
Scholten & Baijings was also commissioned to design something special for this exhibition. They started using a 3D printer to make a chair. And, in their distinctive color palette, they also made a lightweight installation of 3D-designed plates which all have a different color, motif, and shape. They became so enthusiastic about using this technology that they now have a 3D printer in their own studio too.
I like to reflect on one of the fabrics they designed for this exhibition. Inspired by the designs of landscape architect Piet Oudolf. He created the garden of the Scholten & Baijings studio in Amsterdam, and when Carole saw the sketch, she was very impressed. In an almost childlike way, he sketches the designs in all kinds of colors. A specific figure stands for a particular plant, just like the colors, the crosses and the circles stand for something. I could only think of his workplace. Imagine how happy you will be when your table is full of these kinds of designs. Do not forget to look at it from close up.
The exhibition can be seen until 11 November, see: www.textielmuseum.nl
Apart from this exhibition Scholten & Baijings are working on other exciting projects too. They will launch their limited edition for IKEA this fall. Expect for example a new fabric for the Klippan couch. And if you’re going to the London Design Festival, don’t miss a visit to Fortnum & Mason where you can then opt for a high tea in Scholten & Baijings style. Follow them on Instagram for more information.