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Maarten Baas is a young Dutch Designer. In June 2002 he graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven with two designs. His two design works comprised of a series of charred furniture, popularly known as the Smoke series and an ingenious sundial, displaying the hours in shadow. His works were nominated for the René Smeets and Melkweg design awards.

His Smoke collection was a success thanks to to the international exposure of exhibitions in Milan, London, and Paris that the Smoke series is considered by museums, critics, collectors and the design-informed public an iconic collection of contemporary design.

After a flourishing solo-exhibition at Moss in New York in 2004, Baas began collaborating with Bas den Herder, who is now responsible for the production of all of Maarten Baas’s works.

To me his work represents the line between cartoon and real life, just like Baas said in an interview “we call nature perfect, although a landscape of rocks is not smooth and symmetric at all. How come we like that as well? If you have a scratch on your car you want to polish it away. But don’t scratches make a product richer? Or if something breaks off, isn’t this new shape also a perfect shape? As an answer to these kind of questions I started to do the opposite of polishing; the opposite of striving to keep the original condition [of existing objects].”

New solo exhibitions will be launched in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and Shanghai this coming year.

From "The Chankley Bore" collection

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