Inside Dutch design firm Scholten & Baijings’ studio, one half of the firm’s namesake duo, Stefan Scholten, is staring intently at a chair. Specifically, the back of a chair. It was woven, or at least attempted to be woven, by his own hands. He’s spent a good deal of time staring at and working with this chair, perhaps months. And he’ll likely spend a good deal more, perhaps years. It’s all part of Scholten & Baijings’ signature, an admittedly slow and deliberate, design process.
“I’m just looking at it again now,” he says, “and just by giving it that manual attention, trying to weave it yourself, it gives you a better idea of what you want and how you want it. For us, it’s impossible to design everything on paper. We do this technique, this method of working manually, and it works for us.”
It must work too, then, for top brands like Ikea, Samsung, Hay, Herman Miller, and even automotive company MINI, all of whom have commissioned Scholten & Baijings (as in Carole Baijings, Scholten’s wife and design partner). “The method of working is very timeconsuming, so most studios don’t work like this.”
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY INGA POWELLEIT
PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICOLA GNESI
WRITTEN BY ZACHARY WILSON
This story appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of MILIEU.