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Aldo Bakker

Aldo Bakker was born in1971 in Amersfoot, Netherlands. Both his parents, Emmy van Leersum and Gijs Bakker, were visual artists and jewelry designers. Gijs Bakker was most notably a pioneer in conceptual design and founded the company Droog alongside design historian Renny Ramakers, a design collective working with independent designers to create various products, projects, exhibitions, and events. Bakker began his career as a jewelry designer, but soon after shifted his focus on Industrial Design, captivated by the interaction between space, materials, everyday objects, and bodies. He did not follow the traditional route of going to design school; while he took classes at Vakschool Schoonhoven, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, and the Design Academy Eindhoven, he never fully completed any courses or graduated from school. Instead, Bakker developed his skills and experience by working at his father’s studio, and later at notable goldsmith Willem Noyons’ studio. Bakker later went on to open his own studio in 1994, and started gaining popularity starting in 1998 when he designed a series of tableware glasses made from borosilicate glass for the Dutch designer label, Thomas Eyck. On top of making tableware glasses, bakker also produces porcelain and metal tableware, wooden chairs and benches, and other various objects at his studio in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Bakker’s philosophy when it comes to design is form over function; his designs focus on unexpected shapes rather than following traditional methods of design. Bakker has won many awards such as the 2009 Dutch Porcelain Awards for his porcelain table products and in 2010 again for his copper collection, and the 2011 Wallpaper magazine design award for his copper collection as well as his Urushi Stool, establishing him as a distinctive and well respected designer.