Bakker Tonus Stool
Bakker Tonus Stool
The wooden tonus morphed from the collaboration between Amsterdam-based designer, Aldo Bakker and woodcrafter, Rutger Graas. Commissioned by the Particles Gallery, each piece of this unlimited edition is signed and numbered. It was acquired by Vitra Design Museum, Germany.
With its organic curves and material, the piece transpires the trace and work of the skilled hands that gave it form and the moment of transformation from the wood trunk it used to be to the carved and polished sculptural seat that it has become.
Tonus is handmade out of a solid piece of European oak wood. The wood-piece is carved while still fresh and wet allowing the craftsman’s hand to sculpt the continuous movements of the resulting piece and emphasize the nature of the wood. Over years-long drying period, the wood will deform, burst, crack, and close. As a live organism, the strong muscular shape that was initially given to the Tonus stool consequently changes over time. The forever-active shape is emphasized by the cracks of the wood. Both shape and material seem to burst out of their initial posture and prolong the work of the craftsman’s hands that gave it birth.
Rutger Graas is responsible for almost all the wooden furniture of Aldo. He works as an independent craftsman in a studio north of Amsterdam.
‘Ever since I started collaborating with Aldo I have been challenged to push the limit of my work. Aldo’s commitment to his vision of objects’ design, life and matter has been most inspiring to me and to why I am working as an independent craftsman. My point of views in regards to details or overall balance and aesthetic only comes into place when looking for solutions to Aldo’s design ideas, which can be sometimes challenging.’ – Rutger Graas
Open Edition in Natural Oak (Numbered and Signed by the artist)
Limited Edition in Sycamore
* Hand-carved in one solid piece of Oak from the Netherlands
40 x 25 x 27.5 cm
Limited Sycamore Edition 4/6
Open Natural Oak Edition
(c) Photography by Erik and Petra Hesmerg