Scholten & Baijings

Designers in Focus

Stefan Scholten born in 1972 and Carole Baijings born in 1973 established Scholten & Baijings, Studio for Design, in 2000.

Stefan Scholten is a graduate of the Design Academy in Eindhoven and Carole Baijings is a self-taught maverick in the design field.
In their designs Scholten & Baijings make use of grids, light effects, colour, transparency, layered patterns with unique and amazing effect. In addition, minimal design and a keen eye for detail characterise their work. The duo has gained international recognition for their graphic designs using a combination of soft pastels and and bright fluorescent colours.

Their work with HAY includes a totally unique range of Bed Linen, rugs, tea towels, glasses and much more.

HAY Minimal Bed Linen
HAY Minimal Bed Linen – a firm favourite at Cimmermann HQ
HAY Minimal Bed Linen
HAY Minimal Bed Linen
HAY Tea Towels by Scholten & Baijings
HAY Tea Towels
HAY Colour Carpet
Love the HAY Colour Carpets, available in 6 different colour combinations
Scholten & Baijings - Geometric Pattern
Geometric pattern with Scholten & Baijings rugs and bedding
Scholten & Baijings for HAY
Image courtesy of Dezeen – glasses by Scholten & Baijings for HAY

For the London Design Festival 2013: they set up a still life depicting a dinner party in progress at the V&A museum for the London Design Festival. They installed a large dining table set for a party of guests in the ornate gilded Norfolk House Music Room in the British Galleries of the V & A museum. Cutlery is skewed, glasses are half full and food is strewn across the table, as if the party is in progress but all the guests have vanished – a quirky concept showing their products in situ and in such a grand setting.

Image courtesy of Dezeen - the Dinner Party
Image courtesy of Dezeen – the Dinner Party
Image courtesy of Dezeen - the Dinner Party by Scholten & Baijings
Image courtesy of Dezeen – the Dinner Party by Scholten & Baijings

Some of their recent design work includes teaming up with Pastoe to produce a stunning range of storage units – Shift.

Pastoe Shift
Pastoe Shift storage, love the pastel colours
Detail of the Pastoe Shift cabinets
Detail of the Pastoe Shift cabinets

If you are interested in the Pastoe range contact Matt or Helen in the showroom on 01423 524777.

Hope you enjoyed our Designer in Focus post, got to say Scholten & Baijings design philosophy is unique and inspiring.

The Team at Cimmermann

Gubi – Brand In Focus

Scandinavian Masters

Gubi was founded in 1967 by Gubi and Lisbeth Olsen in Denmark. They initially focused on producing Olsen’s furniture designs and selling textiles to the retail sector. 

The term ‘Chasing forgotten icons’ has led Gubi to re-launch a collection of designs from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. As well as icons, their uncanny ability to recognise original ideas and inspirations has also resulted in a unique collection of exciting new designs from designers such as GamFratesi and Komplot Design.

Some of the stand-out and most recognisable designs from Gubi

The iconic Adnet mirror is a real stand out piece from Jacques Adnet. The mirror is made from hand-stitched Italian natural tanned full grain leather in black or tan and oozes quality.

Adnet Mirror
Gubi Adnet mirror in Tan Leather
Gubi Adnet mirror
Beautiful Adnet Floor rectangular mirror
Watch this cool video about Jacques Adnet, the designer of the beautiful Adnet mirror

Jacques Adnet from Gubi on Vimeo.

Greta Grossman was a female design pioneer and long time collaborator with Gubi. Her products include the Grasshopper floor light, Cobra light and beautiful Grossman desk.

Greta Grossman Designs
A collection of stunning Greta Grossman designs

Watch this cool video about Grossman and her products –

Greta Grossman from Gubi on Vimeo.

Mategot Collection – Mathieu Matégot’s organic forms and lightness of touch create a sense of joy and the ground breaking and innovative techniques that he applied resulted in unique aesthetics and, above all, contemporary designs. Today, Matégot’s designs are equally fit for the purpose as when they were originally conceived, and his legendary designs are both timeless and classic. The Nagasaki chair is one of few three-legged chairs and is still Matégot’s best-known piece.  Gubi’s collection of original Mategot design include Nagasaki Chair, Dedal Shelf, Nagasaki Table and Mategot Coatrack.

Matégot
A selection of Matégot’s most iconic products for Gubi
Nagasaki Chair in Yellow and black
Nagasaki Chair in Yellow and black

The Pedrera family of lights were designed by Barba Corsini, a leading functionalist architect, in association with his protegé, Joaquim Ruiz Millet. In 1955, Corsini, realised his contemporary vision through his renovation of the La Pedrera loft space (designed by Gaudi) and the furnishings he custom designed for it- the Pedrera PD2 Floor Light, Pedrera Coffee Table and the Pedrera ANA Pendant Light

Pedrera Family
Simple and functional Pedrera family of lights and coffee table
Pedrera Coffee Table and Floor light
Pedrera Coffee Table and Floor light

We love Gubi at Cimmermann, their iconic products and attention to detail is second to none, long may it continue…

The Team at Cimmermann

Dining Table’s – Our Favourites

top 5 wooden dining tables

A good wooden dining table is a thing of beauty and master craftsmanship. Whether you like a beautifully sleek finish or a more natural one exposing the beauty of raw wood we offer our advice and favourites –

1. e15 Bigfoot Table

The ultimate wooden table – e15 Bigfoot. It has become a real Design Classic since it was designed in 1994 by Philipp Mainzer. During the seasoning of solid wood, the legs form their characteristic cracks, which make every table unique and is considered a characteristic of the table. Bigfoot is a table which will age well and develop its own patina with time and lends itself to both formal and informal dining occasions.

e15 Bigfoot Table
e15 Bigfoot table – a true Design Classic
e15 Bigfoot table
e15 Bigfoot table – close up of the amazing wood

2. Muuto Split Table

With Split, Muuto wanted the table to have an organic expression and to combine a structural solidity with a seemingly more delicate balancing act. The detail of the legs being split and bent has the expression and quality of a skilled cabinet-maker and is likely to become a hallmark of the Split Table. Split Table is a great partner with Muuto Nerd Chair.

Muuto Split table
Muuto Split table with an assortment of Muuto chairs
Muuto Split Table
Lovely pastel shades with the Split Table

3. HAY Copenhague table

The Hay Copenhague Table is a stylish and contemporary table designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Hay. It is part of a collection of furniture which has been designed for the University of Copenhagen. The Copenhague Table is a simple design with an uncomplicated identity.

Hay Copenhague split table
Hay Copenhague split table
4. Gubi Dining Table

The Gubi Dining Table is a stylishly simple wooden dining table with a real timeless elegance from the designers Komplot. Available in 3 different colours – Oak, Walnut or Black-stained Ash and 3 different shapes – Round, Ellipse and Rectangular. This Gubi Table has a retro/vintage Scandinavian feel to us and looks stunning mixed with a modern chair.

Gubi Ellipse Dining Table
Gubi Ellipse Dining Table with the new Beetle Chair

Gubi Dining Table Round
Gubi Dining Table Round version, love the Ronde suspension lights

5. Tom Dixon Slab table

A solid oak table with a brushed surface finish, available in Black or Natural. Amazingly raw and solid design that highlights the quality and finish of the oak. As with all Tom Dixon‘s designs this oozes timeless appeal yet has such a significant but simple design – we love it!

Tom Dixon Slab Table
Tom Dixon Slab Table – simple timeless design
A good dining table is a big investment but choose wisely and it will last a lifetime.

The Team at Cimmermann

Scandinavian Design – &Tradition

A quote from the founder of &Tradition – “We want to connect with the old masters, while giving space to new designers to define what will become future classics. We see a kinship between the old masters, who were avant-garde in their time, and new designers creating the ground-breaking icons of today”.

 &Tradition is a Danish design company established in 2010 with the founding principle being tradition tied to innovation. Their unique library of furniture and lighting spans from the 1930s to the present day and includes designs by internationally renowned designers.

One of their most iconic products is the Flowerpot Light  designed by Verner Panton. The Flowerpot light with its two semi-circular spheres facing each other has long proved its lasting design quality and is just as much an icon of our time. 

Scandinavian Design - Flowerpot Light
Simple and colourful – Flowerpot light by Verner Panton
Newer stand out pieces by &Tradition include the Mayor Sofa. A re-issue designed by Arne Jacobsen. Mayor sofa was created for Søllerød City Hall, built 1939-1942. The Danish architects Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen were responsible for the entire town hall aesthetic appearance, from the design of the entire building to furniture and small details such as door handles. The two architects created many award-winning buildings together, and at the time furniture designs came second. Together they created, in addition to Søllerød Town Hall, numerous of other award-winning projects. Now, more than 70 years later, the team receives yet another award for their astonishing designs. Recently the MAYOR sofa has won the award for “Best Reissue” in the prestigious Wallpaper* Design Award 2013.

Scandinavian Design - Mayor Sofa by &Tradition
Beautiful Mayor Sofa designed by Arne Jacobsen, love the green colour

With the Shuffle Table Mia Hamborg gives new life to the old Nordic craft tradition of turning wood by adding the colour and playful forms from old painted wooden toys. It’s up to you where you want to put this fine piece of furniture and being truly Nordic and democratic, you can even decide the form and height of the table. This new black marble version is stunning and adds an element of sophistication, great example of clever Scandinavian Design.

Scandinavian Design - &Tradition Shuffle table in black marble
&Tradition Shuffle table in black marble
One of the most respected designers of modern time – Benjamin Hubert has also designed lights for &Tradition. The spinning-top toy, a childhood favourite, inspires to the joyful form of the Spinning Light along with the process of metal spinning. Here, form truly meets function in an innovative way. It’s sleek, it’s sexy and it’s sure to become a new classic.

Scandinavian Design - White Spinning Light by Benjamin Hubert
White Spinning Light by Benjamin Hubert
The Catch Chair is another favourite designed by Jamie Hayon. Catch Chair’s armrests extend from the shell like literal limbs, ready to embrace you as you sit down. In addition to being a witty personification, it is also an eye-catching piece of design. Serpentine lines give it a playful lightness that is counterbalanced by a sturdy, well-balanced base and legs that ensure maximum comfort. Available in many fabric and leather options.

Scandinavian Design - Catch Chair by Jamie Hayon for &Tradition
Catch Chair by Jamie Hayon for &Tradition
&Tradition are not one of the most well known Scandinavian brands but we love them!

The Team at Cimmermann