Q&A: Gijs Bakker

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May 25, 2010

As cofounder of the iconic Dutch collective Droog, industrial designer Gijs Bakker further defined the design identity of his homeland, the Netherlands, as simple and playful, conceptual but clearly realized. He has also brought contemporary jewelry design to the fore, focusing on the principles behind the pieces as opposed to their "handmade virtuosity," Bakker recently acted as artistic director for Yii, a Taiwanese collaborative uniting traditional craft and modern design. Recently he sat down with us to answer a few questions.

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  Ikea Plus Vika for Yii. Plastic and metal. Designer: Pili Wu, Craft Maker: Wei-win Lan.
    Ikea Plus Vika for Yii. Plastic and metal. Designer: Pili Wu, Craft Maker: Wei-win Lan.
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  Brick Plan: Tray for Yii. Brick. Designer: Rock Wang, Craft Maker: Pei-ze Chen.
    Brick Plan: Tray for Yii. Brick. Designer: Rock Wang, Craft Maker: Pei-ze Chen.
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  Lace Bowls for Yii. Porcelain. Designer: Ching-ting Hsu, Craft Maker: Tsuan-Jen Lee.
    Lace Bowls for Yii. Porcelain. Designer: Ching-ting Hsu, Craft Maker: Tsuan-Jen Lee.
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  Ikea plus Herman. Plastic, metal, lacquerware. Designer: Pili Wu, Craft Maker: Li-shu Huang.
    Ikea plus Herman. Plastic, metal, lacquerware. Designer: Pili Wu, Craft Maker: Li-shu Huang.
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  Panlong Vase. Koji pottery, rubber. Designer: Chen-Hsu Liu, Craft Maker: Shi-ren Lu.
    Panlong Vase. Koji pottery, rubber. Designer: Chen-Hsu Liu, Craft Maker: Shi-ren Lu.
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  Moon Rabbit-Cup. Black clay. Designer: Hsiao-Ying Lin, Craft Maker: Jung-Ching Tang.
    Moon Rabbit-Cup. Black clay. Designer: Hsiao-Ying Lin, Craft Maker: Jung-Ching Tang.
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  Cocoon Plan: Sofa. Bamboo. Designer: Rock Wang, Craft Maker: Koo-ming Chen. Silkworms eventually covered this piece completely in silk.
    Cocoon Plan: Sofa. Bamboo. Designer: Rock Wang, Craft Maker: Koo-ming Chen. Silkworms eventually covered this piece completely in silk.
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  Lace Bowl for Yii. Porcelain. Designer: Ching-ting Hsu, Craft Maker: Tsuan-Jen Lee.
    Lace Bowl for Yii. Porcelain. Designer: Ching-ting Hsu, Craft Maker: Tsuan-Jen Lee.
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  World Cups. Wood. Designer: IDee Liu.
    World Cups. Wood. Designer: IDee Liu.

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