A. Bakker Pivot
A. Bakker Pivot
The stand pourer is the latest collaborative piece part of a few years long collaboration between Aldo Bakker and Jan Matthesius. Netherlands-based, Jan was first trained as a mechanical engineer before receiving his goldsmith education at the Schoonhoven school in the province of South Holland. Schoonhoven is renowned for its heritage of silversmith going as far back as the 17th century hence it is nicknamed Zilverstad ("Silver City"). Inspired and interested in Jan’s combined skills, Aldo says: “As long as I have known Jan’s work, he has shown skilled uses of tools in different and creative ways others than those for which they were made.”
Jan Matthesius is the craftsman collaborator behind all silver and fine metal works for Aldo. In parallel to his collaboration with Aldo, Jan designs and fabricates exquisite jewelry pieces. His work is collected by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Museum for the modern art in Arnhem. Jan won the Schoonhoven Silver Award in 2006.
“I am always touched by the correctness of Aldo’s designs. It takes a second glance to comprehend the shape, movement and functionality of his design as a whole. They are mind-provocative and whimsical. Every detail and movement is thought through and feels just right. His approach and thorough thinking of the life in movement of the object as it interacts with its end user is where lays our challenge as collaborative craftsmen. We thrive through meeting the commissioners’ expectations and find solutions to give life and form to his design ideas while addressing every specificities and technical challenges it may unfold at first.”
Gold plated silver
95 x 82 x 146 mm
(c) Photography Credit: Erik and Petra Hesmerg