TONUS URUSHI

TONUS URUSHI

Designer

Aldo Bakker

Manufacturer

Sergej Kirilov

Circa

2010

Edition

Ed. of 7 + 1 AP

Description

Bakker’s Tonus series belongs to the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou and the Centre National des Arts Plastiques in Paris, the Vitra Museum, the Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, and the Design Museum of Gent.

As Trish Lorenz writes in her Financial Times article about Aldo’s Urushi pieces presented in his exhibition at Les Ateliers Courbet: “The Art of Urushi lacquering is slow, laborious, repetitive and risky as there is no way to erase mistakes.” The centuries-old Japanese lacquer, Urushi, envelops objects or furniture pieces with a soft and yet extremely resistant skin. The lacquer must be perfectly stretched onto the surface intensifying and bringing depth to its color.

Aldo has developed work layered with a pure Urushi finish since 2005. “I fell in love with Urushi on my first encounter with it, and I think I will keep working with it for the rest of my life,” says Bakker. “I like the fact that it is one hundred percent natural and ages beautifully and has a real depth and quality of surface and color. Even very new and contemporary pieces have a sense of maturity and age to them.”

EXHIBITIONS
Mudac Museum - Lausanne, 2017
CID Grand Hornu Museum, 2017
Galerie Vivid, 2014
Cuypershuis Roermond, 2015

Materials

Polyurethane Body, Cloth, Copper, Urushi Paper Flakes Lacquer

Dimensions

21.6 x 13.4 x 15.7 in
55 x 34 x 40 cm

Lead Time

Upon Request

Price

Upon Request

TONUS 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 

TONUS URUSHI