Les Ateliers Courbet announces the second solo exhibition of Amsterdam’s esteemed designer Aldo Bakker in the United States opening on September 27, 2018 at New York’s Master-Craftsmen gallery – 134 Tenth Avenue in New York. For the occasion, the gallery will unveil Bakker's new design for Les Editions Courbet in collaboration with Wiener Silber Manufactur—a limited edition of 15 sculptural, sterling carafes handcrafted by the Viennese silversmiths of Wiener Silber Manufactur.
With a comprehensive selection of new and recent pieces, Les Ateliers Courbet introduces pieces to the United States that have long garnered institutional and private collectors' attentions in Europe. With a most recent museum acquisition by Le Centre Pompidou in Paris, Bakker's work continues to find its place in significant public and private collections including Mudac in Lausanne, the Vitra Museum in Weil am Rhein, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the CID in Grand-Hornu, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam or the Cooper Hewitt in New York among others.
On view through November 17, 2018, the show will highlight the breadth and whims of Bakker’s design vision through his collaborations with crafts masters Rutger Graas, Sergei Kirilov, Andre van Loon, Frans Ottink and La Manufacture de Sevres. The selected works include sculptural furniture pieces, tableware, and design objects whose production relies on traditional métiers that encompass silver smithery, wood carving, porcelain work and lacquering. Each piece reflects the designer's appreciation for organic and sensuous forms inspired by our natural and cultural environments. Bakker's design language is one composed of movement whether static, as implied by the trail of the craftsmen's hands, or continual through the gestures of their use. The pieces morph both in the artist's mind and through the hands of the fabricator as guided by the nature of the chosen material.
While quiet and timeless, Aldo's designs create tensions: his pieces are studies in engagement, from the challenges that they present to the master craftsmen behind them, to the resulting moments of interaction with the end user. The witty ergonomics of his designs compel the user to pause and be attentive in uncovering the intricacies of our contemporary domestic life. The purity of intention in these mindful pieces relies, at its core, on the impeccable craftsmanship of each piece that imbues the work with integrity, relevance and resonance.