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Getting it down on paper takes on a new meaning with Scholten & Baijings' delicately shaded Paper Carpet range for Danish design powerhouse Hay. Like much of the duo’s work, a modernist landscape of seemingly random color fields is rendered in their unmistakably identifiable combination of soft pastels and hot hues. Woven in paper thread with a non-slip backing, these rugs are particularly suited to entry spaces and hallways or any area that needs a jolt of color. Treated to be water and stain repellent, spot cleaning is easy with a damp cloth.
Real-life couple Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings dream up their Technicolor designs on life, on everything to tea towels and rugs to furniture and a Mini car, from their Amsterdam studio. They began collaborating in 2000, and have since become rock stars in the design world—and soul mates in sensibility with A+R.
“One of the most important things for our company is to make footprints of our own time,” says Rolf Hay, of his eponymous Copenhagen-based company launched in 2003 at the international furniture fair IMM Cologne. His idea was to bring Danish design to a new creative peak that rivaled the storied 1950s and 1960s—but with a modern update. As creative director, he’s committed to nurturing young upstarts and also “exploring the twisted minds of established designers” and giving both a platform.
In practice, that means seeking out imaginative products and evaluating them on their own merits rather than first commissioning a design for certain type of item. And he says his greatest thrill is seeing a prototype for the first time. “We work in a different way to the way our parents did, but we basically live in the same way,” Rolf says. “The news is that there is nothing new, except the possibilities. And that’s great fun.”
SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS
“Stefan is really good at the big picture. I’m good at the details,” says Carole Baijings of her design partnership with Stefan Scholten, which grew out of the Dutch couple’s relationship. Though she is self-educated and Stefan studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven, “as our lives came together, working together was a natural progression, ” Carole says.
Now, more than 10 years later, Scholten & Baijings’ light-filled studio overlooks Amsterdam’s harbor and their work, with its unusual color choices and layered gradations of tone, is instantly recognizable. Collaborating with a who’s who of illustrious contemporary brands worldwide, from Hay in Denmark to Karimoku New Standard in Japan, their product range includes textiles, glass and furniture. “We work more like artists,” Carole says. “We start with materials and colors and then try to create a shape or a design. It’s a different approach than starting with a word or a concept or an idea.”