Courtesy of Thomas Eyck
I've long advocated the pleasure that comes from cooking in a well-made pot: one with good balance when lifted or moved around the stove, made of material that conducts heat evenly, that feels right to whatever your particular style of cooking is. Some pots actually shift the experience of cooking altogether—for me that happens often with French copper. Heavily made, with beautiful lines, they have a certain something about them: they are both ancienne and modern, and make you feel you are part of a tradition, of artisan cooks and chefs cooking with the seasons, with inventiveness.
Then I saw Dutch designer Aldo Bakker's new collection of copper. His saucepan instantly changed the way I look at cooking vessels. I imagined cooking in this beautiful piece of sculpture that instantly makes me think like an alchemist. What rarefied little concoction could I make? The completely other experience handling it would be. Which is, of course, what Bakker's copper is meant to do. Writes Dezeen blog:
Bakker allows his products to take shape on the basis of analysis so that they can question their usage and, where necessary, give rise to new rituals or break existing patterns. The almost endless process of their realisation give them a sense of 'inhuman' belonging, questioning their own existence.
"Questioning usage," "giving rise to new rituals," "breaking existing patterns" are such amazing qualities for a pot—or anything—to have. If only Bakker had taken them a step further ...