Maarten Baas

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Where There's Smoke: Zig Zag Chair (Rietveld), 2003 Cherrywood, Burnt And Finished With An Epoxy Resin And A Polyurethane Lacquer With Uv Filter 29 1/2" X 17" X 14 2/3" © Moss
Clay Furniture, 2006 Industrial Clay, Hand Modeled On Top Of Baas Designed Metal 'Skeletons' Surface Painted With Colored Lacquer © Moss
Where There's Smoke: Steinway Baby Grand, 2007 Rare, Vintage Baby Grand Piano Manufactured By Steinway & Sons, Hamburg, Germany, Dated March 21st, 1938 Burnt By Maarten Baas, 2007 60" X 57" X 41" © Moss
Clay Furniture: Dining Chair (Yellow), 2006 Industrial Clay, Hand Modeled On Top Of Baas Designed Metal 'Skeletons' Surface Painted With Colored Lacquer 14" X 13" X 29" © Moss
Clay Furniture: Side Table with Drawer (Red), 2006 Industrial Clay, Hand Modeled On Top Of Baas Designed Metal 'Skeletons' Surface Painted With Colored Lacquer 28" X 12" X 16" © Moss
Clay Furniture: Dining Table, 2006 Industrial Clay, Hand Modeled On Top Of Baas Designed Metal 'Skeletons' Surface Painted With Colored Lacquer 30" X 50" X 98" © Moss
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Real Time: Analog Digital Clock, 2009 24 Hour Video © Moss
Hey Chair be a Bookshelf (small with Rocking Chair), 2004 Found Objects, Polyester, And A Polyurethane Coating 43 1/3" Height © Moss Los Angeles
Sculpt Veneer Cupboard, 2007 Walnut Veneer Over Metal Structure 98 1/2" H X 57" W, 23 1/2" Depth © Moss
Clay Furniture: étagère (black), 2006 Industrial Clay, Metal, And Colored Lacquer 76" X 16", 12" Depth © Moss
Where There's Smoke 'Zig Zag' Chair installation, 2006 Burned Zig Zag Chairs © Moss
Where There's Smoke...Barok Cupboard, 2004 Burnt Vintage Cupboard (Mahogany Wood) Epoxy Resin, Polyurethane Lacquer, Metal 66"H X 44 1/2"W, 16 1/2" Depth © Moss
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© Matt Packer / Royal Hibernian Academy
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© Matt Packer / Royal Hibernian Academy
© Matt Packer / Royal Hibernian Academy
Bronze Medicine Chest © Foto Kazoe van den Dobbelsteen
Quick Facts
contemporary, design, pop, mixed-media, installation, video-art, digital, conceptual, sculpture

Dutch designer Maarten Baas was born on the 19th of February 1978 in Arnsberg (Germany) and from 1979 grew up in Burgh-Haamstede and Hemmen in the south and centre part of the Netherlands. Graduated from highschool he started to study at Design Academy Eindhoven in 1996. Still in school his first design, candleholder “Knuckle”, was taken in production bij Pol’s Potten. He also sold the first unique-piece of the now well known “Hey, Chair, Be A Bookshelf”-furniture to Stef Bakker (co-founder of Orange Babies). In 2000 he studied for several months at the Politecnico Milan. 

In June 2002 he graduated at the Design Academy with two designs: a series of burned furniture and an ingenious sundial, which displays time in shadowtexts. His works were nominated for the internal "René Smeets-award" and also for the "Melkweg-award". They lead to an invitation by IKEA to do a week workshop in France and got Baas selected for the rewarded improvisation exposition of the Design Academy in Tokyo.

His design Smoke was adopted in the collection of Dutch label MOOOI, of Marcel Wanders. Thanks to successful presentations in Milan, London and Paris Smoke became known world-wide. Smoke furniture was bought by museums and collectors such as Lidewij Edelkoort and Philippe Starck.

The Smoke chandelier was part of the exhibition "Brilliant" of the Victoria & Albert museum in London.

In May 2004 a speechmaking solo-exhibition was opened in New York's gallery Moss. "Where There’s Smoke" showed 25 pieces of furniture, all burned and finished of with transparant epoxy. Amongst others there were charcoaled classical designs of Gaudi, Eames, Rietveld, Sottsass en the Campana Brothers.

For the new collection of the Groninger Museum, Maarten worked on some furniture from the old collection of the museum. These were shown during the exhibition "Nocturnal Emissions" and purchased by the museum.

Also the Dutch "Stedelijk Museum" in Amsterdam exhibited 2 of his Smoke-pieces in 2005 in an exhibition about pieces to be purchased by the Stedelijk Museum.

His pieces are all unique and handmade, though produced in series, mostly signed and numbered by Maarten Baas. Maarten is searching for the bounderies of design, without leaning on the regular "do's and don'ts". This way of working became even more clear at the Salone del Mobile in Milan 2005, where he showed his new pieces. "Treasure", "Hey, chair, be a bookshelf!" and "Flatpack Furniture" became a great succes. 

In 2005 he also started his collaboration with Bas den Herder, who became responsible for the production of all pieces. The foundation of studio Baas & den Herder made it possible to produce Maartens unique pieces on a larger scale, but yet all hand made in Holland. Assignments came from hotels, restaurants, galleries and museums all over the world. 

At the Salone del Mobile in 2006 Maarten launched "Clay Furniture", which was considered to be the absolute successor of Smoke and one of the most surprising projects of the fair. 
Moss presented this collection during the ICFF in New York, and Cibone made a solo exhibition "Clay & Smoke". 

In 2005 Maarten collaborated with the design team of Ian Schrager, for the new Gramercy Park Hotel. Maarten Baas supplied Smoke furniture for each room and some Clay pieces and a Smoke billiard for the lobby. All pieces were hand made in Studio Baas & den Herder. In August 2006 the Gramercy Park Hotel opened.

Born: 1978 Germany

Lives and Works in the Netherlands

Education: Design Academy Eindhoven (1996)


2009 "Designer of the Year" Design/Miami, Miami, FL
2009 "Real Time" Salone del Mobile, Milan
2008 “Chankley Bore” Established & Sons, London, UK
2008 “Maarten Baas” Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Milan, Italy
2008 “The Shanghai Riddle” Contrasts Gallery, Shangai, China
2008 Baas Studio Retropective, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
2007 “Maarten Baas” Cartpenter’s Workshop Gallery, London, UK
2007 “Sculpt” Salone de Mobile, Milan, Italy
2006 “Clay Furniture”, Milan Furniture Fair, Design Museum London, ICFF New York.
2006 “Clay and Smoke”, Cibone, Tokyo
2005 “Treasures”, The Hague
2004 “Where There’s Smoke (Smoke Unique Pieces), Moss New York, 

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