Maarten Baas Plays with Clay, Smoke and Metal for his 2018 Collections

Maarten Baas, whose work has gained an autonomous position in the industry, blurs the line between art and design with a range of work from conceptual ideas, limited editions, production design, installations, public space, architecture, interior design, theater design and performances.

This week, Carpenter’s Workshop Paris presents a solo exhibition of Baas’ work; the show, Close Parity, will run from January 18 to March 23, 2018 and will highlight new works alongside Baas’ original collection. Close Parity continues to demonstrate Baas’ mix of playful simplicity with complex craftsmanship, while the use of material and the cabinets’ finish remind one of Carapace and the Grandfather Clocks. For Baas, the hidden beauty of an object goes well beyond simple function.

Close Parity Collection

Clay Collection

Photography by Marije Kuiper

Where There’s Smoke Collection

Throughout the Where There’s Smoke collection, Baas deals with iconic furniture designs including Rietveld objects, in an iconoclastic way. He burns the furniture and then treats them to retain their shape and durability.

Additionally, the Centraal Museum Utrecht has just acquired Baas’ Where There’s Smoke Rietveld ‘Elling Buffet’ into their permanent collection. With this purchase coming at the closure of the celebratory De Stijl year, the museum adds another key piece to its Where There’s Smoke collection by Baas.