Based in: Rotterdam
Studio Verbaan is known for its contemporary, limited designs. The studio uses simple graphic forms to create timeless and enduring designs. Just as their work, the founders Jordi Verbaan and Solange Frankort are a mix of furniture design and art. Jordi Verbaan is a well rounded artistic artisan woodworker and Solange Frankort is conceptual artist. Together the duo are in constant research between the purpose of function and materials in spatial environment.
Combining their design aesthetic and knowledge they aim to create products that are beautifully made with quality materials and a tradition of carpentry through a minimalist language. Each design is handmade by Jordi Verbaan, where he starts with selecting carefully individual boards, matched for color, grain pattern and structural integrity. The use of traditional joinery methods maximizes strength, allows for seasonal wood movement and are intended to stand the test of time. All pieces are finished by hand with a combination of natural and traditional shellac and beeswax.
The handcraft wooden pieces sits somewhere between furniture, object and sculpture. There often playful and multifunctional creations. The contrast of the minimalistic shapes and traditional craft, goes beyond the object’s functionality. The pieces are purposefully ambiguous, sitting just as happily in a domestic space as in an art gallery. With different influences like the graphic Bauhaus Art and the playful Memphis Design group, both iconic designers that combined functionality with a focus on simplicity and bold, modern shapes.
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