Welcome to the SplinterSeed press page.

 

The purpose of this page is to present the content of our website to you in a more convenient format. Pictures can be saved from the gallery in higher resolution. In addition to all relevant text from the website, an artists biography and press release copy have been added.

Should you require any additional information about our company, the designs or the designer, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would also be more than happy to fulfill requests for  images suitable for print or of a specific resolution.

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Sander Bakker


03/03/2016

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Project:      Tidashi titanium mini knife

Designer:   Sander Bakker

Company:  SplinterSeed

 

Designer Sander Bakker handcrafts a small knife from titanium to better understand the material.

Tidashi  /t īd ȯsh ē/ is an ancient Japanese tool reimagined in Titanium. Its design and name are inspired by the Kiridashi- Kogatana, a traditional Japanese utility knife. Its diminutive size (2.75" x .175") allows you to always carry the Tidashi with you (around your neck, on your keychain or simply in your pocket), while its unique shape allows you to exert excellent control over its cutting tip, accurately executing everyday cutting tasks.

"A desire to truly connect with the materials I work with led to this project, in which I completely avoided any computers or automated processes. Having been so reliant on computers for design and manufacturing, I felt that I was losing touch with materials and their real world properties. Titanium is an extremely tough material, and it was a delight to feel it's resilience with my own hands." SB

Tidashi comes either brushed or polished, and is finished with a lush anodized layer which is applied using titanium's natural reaction to extreme heat. The slight variations in color are in the spirit of the project, and emphasize the fact that each Tidashi is handmade. The variety of neck cords and sheaths compliments the colors of the knives themselves.

Also inspired by traditional Japanese blacksmithing is the fusion of different metals. Tungsten Carbide is embedded on the blade of the Tidashi to create a cutting edge hardness only exceeded by diamond.

Kickstarter

All versions of the Tidashi knife are now available through  KICKSTARTER, where you will also find additional information about the project, including more detailed descriptions of the building process, and a project video.

Should you require pictures in resolution different from the ones on this press page, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please find a link to the project's video below

Tidashi project video:  https://vimeo.com/157367365

Kickstarter project page:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/478066327/tidashi-a-titanium-mini-knife


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07/20/2015

 

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Project:      Niki table lamp

Designer:   Sander Bakker

Company:  SplinterSeed

 

California based Dutch designer Sander Bakker celebrates life with his newest lamp design.

Design can be used to express things that are difficult to capture in words. Following the death of his son, designer Sander Bakker did just that, by channeling his love for him into the creation of the Niki table lamp.

"The project has allowed me to dwell on the few memories I have of Nikolaas, while creating something that he might have loved to gaze at" SB

Sander captures the spirit of childhood by using iconic over sized pencils for legs, which are meant to put a smile on the faces of children and adults alike. A bit less pronounced is the silhouette of a single butterfly nestled amongst the clustered leaves of the lamp, as a reference to life and a life lost.

Niki /nēkē/

The Niki table lamp comes in two variations: a version with legs in a trio of primary colors (red, blue and green) intended for children and the young at heart,

and a more neutral version with natural wood colored legs. Attached at the end of each leg is the classic brass ferule holding a pink eraser. The modular design of the lamps requires about 20 minutes of self assembly using the comprehensive instruction manual. No tools are required.

The lamp stands 10.25" (26cm), has a diameter of 8"(20cm) and stands on legs measuring 13/32" (10mm) in diameter. The white shade part is made out of High Density Polyethylene, a common and recyclable plastic (recycling code #2). The cord is 5' (150cm) long and all electrical components are UL listed and/or CE certified. A 110V North American version and a 240V European version will be available.

Kickstarter

All versions of the lamp are now available through  Kickstarter. The proceeds of the campaign will be donated to carefully selected organizations focused on furthering the research into the causes of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, the condition that Nikolaas succumbed to. The lamp will be available through regular retail channels before the holiday season at an MSRP of under 50USD.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/478066327/niki-table-lamp

 


10/17/2014

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Project name:  Kiem table lamp for NOBU

Designer: Sander Bakker

Company: SplinterSeed

Client: NOBU hospitality

 

California based Dutch designer Sander Bakker has been commissioned by NOBU restaurants to develop the Kiem table lamp.

Following the Kickstarter launch of the Blom table lamp earlier this year, SplinterSeed was asked by NOBU hospitality to develop and produce a new and unique table lamp. NOBU is one of the world’s most recognized restaurants, known for its exquisite Japanese cuisine and celebrity owner Robert de Niro.

From the designer: “Needless to say we were very excited to be asked to develop a lamp for NOBU’s newest project; a restaurant and hotel in Manila, Philipines (“City of Dreams” complex) due to open next month. Meeting the tight deadline without losing sight of the quality of the design has been a very interesting challenge. It is our very first commission, and we are extremely proud of the result.” SB

 

Kiem /kēm/

Kiem is a hospitality grade cordless table lamp, commissioned by NOBU restaurants. The design is derived from the original Blom table lamp, which is based on natural growth. However, it has been shrunken to fit unobtrusively on a restaurant table. In addition, it features a base cut out of a solid piece of North American Black Walnut wood. The inside of the lamp has been engineered to be splash water proof, and can therefore be used in- or outdoors. Kiem is manufactured at SplinterSeed’s studio in California, as are all their designs. It comes fully assembled.

The light source is provided by Hokare Ltd., a leader in the field of cordless hospitality lighting. Kiem uses their top of the line Lithium-Ion powered LED light, which can provide up to 48 hours of pleasantly warm light on a single charge. A multi color light source is also available, along with a range of custom designed professional charging solutions.

 

Product Data

The white shade part of Kiem is made out of High Density Polyethylene, a common and recyclable plastic (recycling code #2). The base is cut out of a solid piece of North American Black Walnut. A precision machined aluminum ring locks the shade to its Lithium-Ion powered light source.

All electrical parts are UL listed and/or CE certified. 

Height: 7.5” (188mm); Width: 6” (155 mm).

Price available upon request

12/09/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Project name:  Blom table lamp

Designer: Sander Bakker

Company: SplinterSeed

 

After eleven months of sketching, puzzling and prototyping, Dutch designer Sander Bakker is releasing his second design for boutique California based makers SplinterSeed. It is named Blom and will be available for everybody to experience starting January of 2014.

The shape of the Blom table lamp relies on the subtle interaction between its leaf-like parts, in the way that a flower is formed by its petals. Its design is inspired by the process of growth, which underlies the emergence of many shapes in nature. Traces of this approach can even be found in the striking grain pattern on the legs.

A cloth covered cord provides a splash of color and a hint of nostalgia. The modernist design of the Rompitratta switch is by legendary Italian designer Achille Castiglioni and associates. He credited the design from 1968 as his proudest.  

“This switch is an example of how easily a wonderful design can disappear into oblivion. As a designer, I feel it is my obligation to rekindle awareness of such forgotten objects by incorporating them into my designs.” SB

An innovative assembly design allows for a significant reduction of the shipping size. It is part of a strategy to minimize the environmental impact of the Blom table lamp, which includes prudent use of materials and efficient digital manufacturing. In addition, the packaging is mostly recycled and doubles as the assembly manual.

The white shade part of Blom is made out of High Density Polyethylene, a common and recyclable plastic (recycling code#2). The legs consist of reconstituted veneer wood, which is made in Los Angeles. All electrical components are UL listed.

Blom stands 14” high and has a maximum diameter of 11”. The cord is 6’ long. The dimensions of the box are 4”(h)x6”(w)x6”(d).


Blom table lamp

The shape of the Blom table lamp relies on the subtle interaction between its leaf-like parts, the way a flower is formed by its petals. Its design is inspired by the process of growth, which underlies the emergence of shapes in nature. Traces of this approach can even be found in the striking grain pattern on the legs.

A cloth covered cord provides a splash of color and a hint of nostalgia. The modernist design of the “Rompitratta” switch is by legendary Italian designer Achille Castiglioni. He credited the design from 1968 as his proudest.

An innovative assembly design allows for a significant reduction of the shipping size. It is part of a strategy to minimize the environmental impact of the Blom table lamp, which includes prudent use of materials and efficient digital manufacturing. In addition, the packaging is mostly recycled and doubles as the assembly manual.

Height: 14”
Width: 11”

Materials used: High Density Polyethylene and reconstituted veneer wood.


Luum light pendant 

While paying homage to Mid-Century European modernist design, Dutch designer Sander Bakker manages to capture the contemporary aesthetics of parametric design. Its appearance is intricate and yet harmoniously organized.

The shapes of nature seem to resonate with us so effortlessly. Its algorithmic mechanisms generate forms varying from flowers to clouds. The Luum light pendant is unmistakably an exercise in the application of those mechanisms.

This approach to design is often referred to as parametric or algorithmic design. It is increasingly applied in contemporary architecture but is manifesting itself beyond the scope of this field as well; slowly finding its way into our lives.

The Luum light pendant is carefully assembled by hand in California. Its exceptional material quality is complemented by the quality of the provided hardware, including the award winning CableCup ceiling canopy. The pendant’s pure white appearance softens once switched on.  It reduces the often harsh light of modern light bulbs into a pleasant glow.

Height: 15”
Width: 15.5 “
Material: high density polyethylene and nylon

*All information provided, including price, is subject to change without prior notice. 2012

 


About SplinterSeed

The seed symbolizes an idea.  At SplinterSeed we believe in these seeds sprouting in the minds of talented newcomers to the field of design. We like to see our platform as a fertile patch of soil to stimulate the growth of those unique ideas, and bring them to fruition.

The concept of growth is also key in the aesthetic that we pursue. It is the aesthetic of nature; of plants growing and clouds forming. The processes underlying the formation of nature’s complex shapes are fundamental in our approach to design.

SplinterSeed was conceived in 2010 by Dutch designer Sander Bakker as a platform to launch some of his cross-disciplinary projects. An academic background in sound design (Dutch Film Academy, Amsterdam) and architecture (UC Los Angeles) demonstrates his broad interests. He has done lighting design for the Royal Dutch Ballet, and exhibition design for Tate Galleries in London UK.

The Blom table lamp is his second Design for SplinterSeed, preceded by the the Luum light pendant.


About Parametric Design

The parametric design process is based on relative proportions between different parts of a design, rather than the more conventional absolute dimensional description of the object. This approach allows for an unusual level of control over the design object. A change in a single element of the object will cause corresponding changes in every other element, thus changing the design as a whole. Vice versa, any changes made to the whole will affect every part.

Closely related to parametric design is algorithmic design. Where the parametric method provides a tool for controlling complex aggregates, algorithmic design allows for the creation of such structures. A simple set of design instructions is applied iteratively to generate complex forms; identical to the way nature executes its design instructions found in DNA.

The aesthetic qualities associated with either of these design methods could be described as complex, but harmoniously organized. And these shapes seem to resonate with us instinctively, in the way that nature’s geometries do.


 Artist biography Sander Bakker

“However still a design might hang over an empty table, the element of time is always present in my work.”

The least tangible area of design is where I had my start, having been educated as a sound designer for film and digital media (Dutch Film Academy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Slowly drifting away from this discipline, my focus shifted to interactive sound/photography installations alongside lighting design for the Dutch Royal Ballet.

It is this unique combination of interests and skills that drew me to London UK, where I worked at the renowned Tate Galleries in the pioneering department of Time-Based Media Conservation. I assisted in the development of conservation strategies for time-based art. The works of many multi-media artists in the collection of Tate Galleries, such as Bruce Nauman and Christian Marclay, have been affected by my input.

Working in an environment where sound, light and images collide in exhibition spaces ignited a dormant interest in Architecture. I moved to Los Angeles to attend the Master of Architecture program at UCLA, where I was exposed to parametric and algorithmic design strategies. These approaches to design often result in very complex and ephemeral geometries. The transition of these forms from the digital domain into the physical world is often problematic. It is this frustration that has brought me to where I am today; dedicating myself to the challenge of overcoming that final hurdle intelligently, and bringing my designs into the real world.

SB

2012 www.splinterseed.com