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Maarten Baas
Born (1978-02-19) 19 February 1978 (age 42)
Arnsberg, Germany[1]
🏳️ NationalityDutch[1]
Other names
Design Academy Eindhoven[1]
💼 Occupation

💵 Salary :
Furniture design
🏅 AwardsDesigner of the Year (2009)

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Maarten Baas (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmaːrtən baːs]; born 19 February 1978) is a Dutch furniture designer.[1][2]


In June 2002, Baas graduated from the Design Academy with a series of burned furniture called "Smoke." The Smoke series was adopted in the collection of Dutch label Moooi.[3] Thanks to successful presentations in Milan, London and Paris, Smoke is known worldwide. Smoke furniture has been purchased by museums and collectors such as Lidewij Edelkoort and Philippe Starck.

In May 2004, a highly discussed solo-exhibition opened with New York gallerist, Murray Moss.[4] "Where There’s Smoke" showed 25 pieces of furniture, all burned and finished with transparent epoxy. Among the other pieces, there were charcoaled versions of classical designs such as Gaudi, Eames, Rietveld, Sottsass and the Campana Brothers.

After the big success of Smoke, Baas presented his Clay Furniture collection in 2006. In contrast with the mainly rigid and rational style of most designs by that time, Clay furniture showed a playful and vulnerable collection of brightly colored pieces of furniture. The series is made of synthetic clay with a metal carcass interior. Clay was widely considered a worthy successor of Smoke. In 2012, both Smoke and Clay were considered “design classics of the future” by the New York Times.

Every year at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Baas has made successful solo presentations of his new works, independent from brands or galleries. In 2009, he launched “Real Time”: a series of 12-hour films, in which actors indicate minute by minute. [5] The Real Time series also showed Baas’s theatrical approach to design. Real Time lead to the prestigious title “Designer of the Year” by Design Miami.[6]

In 2013, Maarten Baas produced the Grandmother and the Grandfather clocks.[7] Both pieces were shown at Design Miami 2013. "Expanding on the idea of a grandfather clock, he created his and hers versions with live characters inside the faces of these beautiful towers. Filming two actors in real time with digital equipment, Bass filmed them carefully writing the numbers by hand with a black marker denoting all 24 hours in the day and wiping away the drawings as the minutes pass by underneath a hazy etched glass face".[8] After 5 years of absence at the design fair in Milan, Baas came back in 2014 with an exhibition called “Baas is in Town,” inspired on circus and entertainment. This exhibition won the “best impact award” of the Milano Design Awards. In 2015 Baas, made a design for a residential building in The Netherlands, in collaboration with van Aaken architects.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Maarten Baas", Netherlands Institute for Art History, 18 October 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  2. Alice Rawsthorn, "A world in Smoke and Clay", International Herald Tribune, 5 November 2006. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  3. http://www.moooi.com/products/smoke-dining-armchair
  4. http://www.mossonline.com/event-exec/display/smoke-event
  5. http://www.designboom.com/design/maarten-baas-real-time-clock-movies-at-milan-design-week-09/
  6. Marcus Fairs, "Maarten Baas named Design Miami/ Designer of the Year", Dezeen, 21 September 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  7. "Maarten Baas Grandfather clock | NGV". www.ngv.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  8. "Maarten Baas / Carpenters Workshop Gallery / Design Miami". The Gilded Owl. Retrieved 13 December 2013.

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