Design Q & A: Scholten & Baijings

The questions of Charles and Ray Eames’ famous interview from 1969 for the exhibition Qu’est-ce que le design? (What Is Design?) at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, are being put to the husband-and-wife team to see what’s changed in the last 49 years.

For nearly 20 years, designers Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings have worked collaboratively across disciplines, designing everything from furniture and textiles to exhibitions and graphics.

The pair begins the process for each new design with a simple mandate: to contribute something to the world that is original, useful, and desirable.
Behind their elegantly-designed products is a practice steeped in intensive materials exploration and study. By manufacturing models and materials to their own specifications, and custom-blending hues to satisfy their keen sense of colour, Scholten and Baijings marry an atelier approach with the capabilities of mass production to prove there’s a place for craft within the industry.