MAARTEN BAAS les curiosités d’un designer

MAARTEN BAAS les curiosités d’un designer
photo©Luc Boegly
7 October 2011–12 February 2012
Musée des Arts décoratifs – 107 rue de Rivoli – Paris /
Organisation in Design

Maarten Baas: Biography

… Maarten approaches design without knowledge of, or care for, predisposed boundaries and finds his cause in undertaking new experiments.
This method of approach was further strengthened for his exhibition at the Salone del Mobile 2005, where he unveiled his ‘Treasure Furniture’, ‘Hey, chair, be a bookshelf!’ and ‘Flatpack Furniture’ which where yet again received with great anticipation and critical acclaim, and meanwhile have been taking into several collections (a.o. Los Angeles Museum for Modern Art, FNAC, Indianapolis Museum of Art).
In the same year, Maarten collaborated with Ian Schrager’s design team on the new Gramercy Park Hotel. Baas supplied diverse, specialy made Smoke pieces for the rooms and the lobby of the hotel.

During the Salone del Mobile in 2006 Maarten presented Clay Furniture, which was immediately recognized as the natural successor to Smoke and was ultimately one of the most surprising projects unveiled at the festival. In that same year the Design Museum in London displayed 18 pieces from the Clay collection. Besides the Design Museum, several other museums showed interest in Clay and the piece was taken into the collections of a.o. the Röhsska Museet Göteborg, the Groninger Museumen the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Baas continued his work by launching other, bespoken collections in the following years, during the Salone del Mobile, such as Sculpt in 2007.
One year later, in 2008, his rough and authentic presentation with a selection of both old and new work, was the most talked about exhibition in Milan. Here, he showed, a.o. the Plastic Chair in Wood (which is now included in the permanent collection of Die Neue Sammlung –
The International Design Museum Munich, Germany), that was part of the solo-exhibition The Shanghai Riddle with Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, later that year. At the same time, in Milan, prototypes of the controversial, Limited Edition series The Chankley Bore where shown with the international label Established & Sons. In October, the series was presented in London during the Frieze Art Fair.

In 2009 Baas designed, for the first time since his collaboration with Moooi in 2003, unlimited pieces for other labels. For the new, Italian label Skitsch, he developed the cartooneskly shaped, porcelain tableware The Haphazard Harmony. And for the British Established & Sons the dining
chair Standard Unique, a chair that is constructed in such a way that each produced part brings in a unique chair.

The revolutionary concept Real Time (2009), brought a new dimension to Baas’s work. By filming actors that, indicate the time by hand every minute during 12 hours, these films can function as a clock. The work was purchased immediately by the Rijksmuseum and still in the same year
by a.o. the Philip Johnson Glass House and the Zuiderzeemuseum, with whom a close collaboration came into existence.

In 2010 Baas shook up the art world by offering the, in the art world highly regarded Real Time concept, as a statement, to the world as a commercial I-phone app. He also designed the complete interior of the Groninger Museum restaurant. By modelling all chairs by hand, he approached a standard appliance as an individual and unique sculpture.

Baas obtained a unique position in the design world in a very short period of time. With private commissions for a.o. Adam Lindemann, Brad Pitt, Fabio Novembre, Ian Schrager, Li Edelkoort, Michael Ovitz and John McEnroe, collaborations with companies such as Morgane Hotel Group
and Dom Ruinart, galleries such as Mitterrand + Cramer (Geneve), Cibone (Tokyo), Moss (NY) and many important museums.
At the end of 2009, Baas was, as by far the youngest designer ever, awarded as Designer of the Year during Design Miami.

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