Questions surrounding the excess of contemporary design have perpetually driven Dutch designer Aldo Bakker’s creativity. Influenced by his parents, both avant-garde jewellery designers, Bakker, began his career with jewellery before working at Atelier Noyons. As the only employee, this experience gave him the opportunity to broaden his practice and design a range of products. Bakker, who is based in Amsterdam, has also taught at the Design Academy Eindhoven. He is a lifelong student of material, whose principle is to substitute excess with a careful understanding of craftsmanship. His first glasswork inspired him to be self-reflexive in design, so even when moving from glassware to wood, his products still manage to correlate conceptually. Through thoughtful and almost endless research his designs question their own existence, ceaselessly competing for a place in his portfolio.