BEING PROVOKED BY MAARTEN BAAS
With setting fire to design classics like Rietveld’s Red and Blue Chair or the Carlton cabinet by Memphis hero Ettore Sottsass young Dutch designer Maarten Baas immediately rose to fame. But Baas proved not to be just another hip designer with a talent for provocation. Since his graduation from the prestigious Design Academy in Eindhoven, Baas has managed to surprise us with many genuinely original ideas.
In Dutch Profiles, a series commissioned by DutchDFA, we visit Baas at his studio in a farm in the South of Holland.
In 2002, Maarten Baas graduated with Smoke at the famous Design Academy in Eindhoven. Smoke is a series in which design classics are scorched with a blow torch and then sealed with epoxy – a project which gained him worldwide attention.
His studio is based in a farm in the South of Holland where he works with a small group of international craftsmen – a talented and diverse community in which each member contributes something unique to the final product.
In 2009, Baas was named Designer of the Year at Design Miami. To Baas’s great satisfaction, it was precisely this personal, small-scale and collaborative approach which the jury applauded.
In Milan in 2009, Baas presented his project Real Time: a series of videos depicting hyper-physical representations of time. The project questions our ambiguous relationship with time in our profoundly temporal world.
CREDITS Director: Sarah Domogala, Camera: Aage Hollander, Sound: Eric Leek, Editing: Maurik de Ridder, Music Sound Design: Jesse Koolhaas, Research: Bas Geelen, Commissioning editor Submarine: Geert van de Wetering, Producer Submarine: Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen, Production assist: Liselot Francken, Produced by Submarine, Commissioned by DutchDFA