Scholten and Baijings are master colourists; they have a unique way of paring down their work to its essential forms and then using colour to transform each piece. I find their particular approach to design very appealing and was pleased to see that the duo have an exhibition on in Chicago, highlighting their work from the last ten years.
Together, the designers borrow from their Dutch heritage, and take a disciplined approach to combining craft with industrial processes. From creating furnishings for the Danish manufacturer HAY to tables for the Japanese artisanal wood manufacturer Karimokou New Standard, each piece is carefully considered.
In the exhibition, large-scale images taken by Dutch photographers Scheltens & Abbenes, focus the eye on the detail and colour of the work. The two are longtime collaborators and the pictures, specially commissioned for the exhibition, meticulously capture specific connections between the various lines of Scholten & Baijings’s work, while emphasizing their ability to generate beautifully creative expressions of everyday objects.
Colour Installation: Scholten & Baijings with photographs of Scheltens & Abbenes, is at the Art Institute of Chicago until 5 January 2014.