Start & collaboration
The collaboration with Thomas Eyck started at an early moment in Aldo’s career when Thomas added all glassware to the shop of Royal Tiggelaar (Makkum). Thomas started his own company he connected with Aldo from a very early stage. The glassware was added to the collection and formed the starting point for this new collaboration.
Thomas Eyck is celebrating his 15th year anniversary in 2022 and is very successful in his vision and design label t.e. He’s trustworthy and genuinely interested in design and in the making of it. He is convinced that what you come up with, that there is a market for it, that it can be sold. That is an unusual combination.
Designs & Materials
Thomas approaches us and in general he chooses the material and craft, the rest is op to the artist. A collection of things is the outcome, that explores the potentials of the chosen material and craft. In picking the material, I feel he is already on our side, thinking in our direction and offers us new positive challenges or possibilities.
After the glass collection, Oil can (silver) was one of the first designs I offered to Thomas. Later in the search to produce oil can in a different and more affordable material I came in connection with Frans Ottink, producer of porcelain. There was an immediate connection with Frans: The order and care present in his atelier was what I was searching for and we continue to work very closely up to the present day.
The idea for the porcelain tableware was happily accepted by Thomas for his t.e. collection. At the time, I set myself the goal of designing objects in porcelain that only have one opening and no further additions, no ears, no decors etc. Utensils in which everything is integrated into one shape. That resulted in that series of 5 objects: Water Carafe, Salt Cellar, Vinegar Flask, Oil Platter and Milk Can.
The first “real” assignment from Thomas to the studio was back in 2010 to make a collection in copper. Copper was a new material to work with, we were already familiar with other metals such as silver, gold and brass. This collection was very well received, and premiered in Milan. After which it travelled onwards to Basel and New York.
Watering Can translates all its functional parts into a continuous copper tube. The handle is a reservoir for water, just as the actual container and the spout. The oval shape of the tube reinforces the graphic quality of the object.
Soy Pourer has been designed to mirror the act of pouring in the physical shape of the object. The long spout develops from a tube to a half-tube and to a line. This progress of form visualizes the slow process of pouring, and it helps to spread the soy sauce gently.
Candle Holder presents a flat spoon-like shape that gradually progress into a three dimensional handle. The plateau is furnished with a small titanium spike and offers enough space for any candle to stand on it. The lack of visual diversion will help to focus all attention on the naked candle.
The latest project we embarked upon was initially conceived in tin. It led to the designs for Harvey Series and Nose. Unfortunately, tin did not work out, so we switched to porcelain. The designs were launched during Milan 2021.
The small carafe forms the start of the Harvey Series. Approached from the back side it looks like a cup, but when turned a quarter, the appearance changes completely. The front side exists of a sprout, giving it a perky opposite shape to the cup. The cup shape forms the base of the complete series. It includes the small and large carafe, a stackable cup in 3 sizes, a plate/tray and a candle stand that accommodates the 3 most common candle sizes.
All the objects are produced by Studio Zand. Made from a deep warm anthracite porcelain. Due to the hand polished finish the surface is dense, and it provides a subtle shine
In search of the right materials, the start of this pitcher has been a long time coming. Ever since the drawing started (2005) it has been a wish to bring it into existence. Nose is a standing oval with one very large spout and a foot underneath, otherwise it will tip over.
Nose comes in two sizes, and three colors: grayish blue, warm sand and broken white speckled. The porcelain is hand polished, giving the surface a dense and a subtle shine.