Set up by avid globetrotters Conny Bouwman and Bernadette van Beek, Based on Roots was created as a reaction to the high standard of design that they saw emerging from Japan, which – in Bouwman’s words – “just needed to be available in the Benelux.” Working mainly across paper, ceramics and woodwork, the pair began a long-lasting journey, creating lifestyle objects inspired by ancient techniques.