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Scholten & Baijings

The story of Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings began, like many Dutch stories do, in a church. In the late ’90s, Baijings was working for an agency whose headquarters were located inside one of the country’s many abandoned houses of worship. Scholten, a graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven, had a burgeoning design practice nearby. Scholten was asked to design a small bar for the agency’s office, and “the rest is history,” says Baijings. “As our lives came together, working together was a natural progression.” The two seem totally at ease with the idea of spending nearly every waking moment together: “Stefan is really good at the big picture. I’m good at the details,” Baijings says serenely.