RED URUSHI

RED URUSHI

Designer

Aldo Bakker

Manufacturer

Sergej Kirilov

Circa

2008

Edition

Ed. of 7 + 1 AP

Description

Aldo Bakker's 'Red' low stool results from 52 weeks of painstaking urushi lacquering by Sergej Kirilov. The master-lacquerer achieves a mesmerizing color depth by using two tones of red urushi over multiple layers.

The application of the Urushi adds longevity to the stool by protecting the wooden structure. In excess of 30 layers of urushi is applied to the surface as a varnish and each layer must be allowed to dry in a warm, dust-free, humid environment. Lacquer applied too thickly or unevenly, or allowed to dry too quickly or slowly can result in inconsistencies and uneven surfaces.

Each layer is polished by hand, a process that creates tiny, almost imperceptible variations in shade and color and gives the surface its sense of depth and life. The natural one-component varnish becomes harder and harder over time. Keeping the core of the product intact for decades. Today there are 9000-year-old objects - still well preserved with Urushi. The technique demands patience, awareness, time, and attention. The Urushi series is Bakker’s peaceful protest against overspending and planned obsolescence.; conservation versus consumerism.

EXHIBITIONS
Huis de Uil in Temse, 2009
Z33 Design Triennial Hasselt, Belgium, 2009
Museum Van Loon, 2010
CID Grand Hornu Museum, 2017

Materials

Two Tones of Urushi Lacquered, Wooden Structure

Dimensions

Ø 14.5 x H 14.17 in
Ø 36.8 x 40 cm

Lead Time

Upon Request

Price

$24,000

RED URUSHI
Aldo Bakker

Aldo Bakker

Born in the Netherlands in 1971 to Dutch designers Gijs Bakker and Emmy Van Leersum, Bakker grew up in an environment infused with a strong aesthetic sensibility. Rather than a formal design education, he forged his own path by training as a silversmith. Bakker set up his own studio in 1994, later moving into furniture and product design. 

Bakker is interested in organic forms and movements that defy time, zeitgeist, functionality, and purpose. Those who see Aldo’s design for the first time are often drawn to the form or the materiality before they wonder what their purpose is.
 
This engaging and intriguing moment is important to the designer who grew his own unconventional approach to design in the scholarly household of two Dutch design icons.  As opposed to most designers, Bakker rarely starts a design idea from the desire to solve a problem or address practical needs. Most of his objects start from the fascination for the timeless beauty of a form and the movement it may suggest; the form and its movement would then inspire a function. The cleverness and oddity of Aldo’s designs give his objects some type of natural legitimacy and timelessness.

Bakker’s pieces result from the dexterity of his master craftsmen collaborators — silversmith Jan Matthesius, ceramicist Frans Ottink, woodcrafter Rutger Graas, urushi master Sergej Kirilov or metalsmith Andre van Loon among others. 
 
Widely published and exhibited in Europe today, Aldo held his first large exhibition at the Amsterdam Gallery ‘Binnen’. Invited by Ilse Crawford of the Eindhoven Design Academy in 2002, Bakker has fulfilled a successful tenure at the Design university for over ten years.  Today the designer continues selected collaborations with renown manufacturers while further completing his personal collection with master craftsmen and galleries around the world.

Aldo Bakker COLLECTION

WATER CARAFE WATER CARAFE  VINEGAR FLASK VINEGAR FLASK  URUSHI CONSOLE URUSHI CONSOLE  TONUS WOOD TONUS WOOD  TONUS URUSHI TONUS URUSHI   TONUS INDIGO  TONUS INDIGO   THREE-PAIR | BLACK MARBLE THREE-PAIR | BLACK MARBLE  THREE-PAIR | BASALTINA THREE-PAIR | BASALTINA  THREE - PAIR | IVORY MARBLE THREE - PAIR | IVORY MARBLE  SWING SWING   SUPPORT SUPPORT  STOOL BON STOOL BON  SQUARE POURER SQUARE POURER   SOY POURER SOY POURER  SILVER SALT CELLAR SILVER SALT CELLAR  SILVER POURER SILVER POURER  SILVER CARAFE SILVER CARAFE  REIGEN | A. BAKKER REIGEN | A. BAKKER  RED URUSHI RED URUSHI  POSE POSE   PIVOT PIVOT  PIPE PIPE  PINK URUSHI STOOL BON PINK URUSHI STOOL BON  ONE LEG URUSHI ONE LEG URUSHI  ONE LEG MAHOGANY ONE LEG MAHOGANY  OIL PLATTER OIL PLATTER  MILK | OIL CAN MILK | OIL CAN  LAC TABLE LAC TABLE  JUG+CUP JUG+CUP  GREEN SIDE TABLE GREEN SIDE TABLE   GREEN LOW TABLE GREEN LOW TABLE   FLUIDITÉ FLUIDITÉ   FAT ONE FAT ONE   CUP CUP  CONSOLE TABLE CONSOLE TABLE  CONSOLE GREEN CONSOLE GREEN  CONSOLE BLACK CONSOLE BLACK  CANDLE CANDLE  BLACK SALT CELLAR BLACK SALT CELLAR  ANURA WHITE ANURA WHITE   ANURA BLACK ANURA BLACK   A. BAKKER | CHALICE A. BAKKER | CHALICE  A. BAKKER | ARTEFACT A. BAKKER | ARTEFACT  A. BAKKER | ALINETOB A. BAKKER | ALINETOB  3DWN1UP 3DWN1UP 

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