MAARTEN BAAS

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Maarten Baas was born in Ger­many in 1978 and grad­u­ated from De­sign Academy Eind­hoven in 2002. The fol­low­ing year, his show “Where There’s Smoke...” at New York gallery Mur­ray Moss es­tab­lished his sig­na­ture style: he burned 25 de­sign clas­sics, which he then cov­ered with syn­thetic resin to cre­ate hand­made, one-of-a-kind ob­jects. In 2005, he teamed up with Bas den Herder to open the Stu­dio Baas & den Herder, which since 2009 has been lo­cated on a farm near ’s-her­to­gen­bosch. Baas has con­tin­ued his in­ter­est in shape-shift­ing and al­ter­ing the ap­pear­ance of ob­jects and their pos­si­ble uses; his “Hey Chair, Be a Book­shelf...” pro­ject, for ex­am­ple, is a strange pile in which a chair be­comes a book­shelf, a lamp­shade a vase, and a vi­o­lin a coat rack. LV: Why did you agree to cre­ate an Ob­jet Nomade for Louis Vuit­ton? MB: Louis Vuit­ton is a unique brand, which gives pri­or­ity to qual­ity and crafts­man­ship. I re­ally be­lieve that de­sign­ers should fo­cus on those ideas, so I was glad I could make some­thing for Louis Vuit­ton. LV: What inspired this ob­ject and could you de­scribe it in a few words? MB: I’m a fur­ni­ture de­signer and Louis Vuit­ton is about trav­el­ling. So I was look­ing for the area where those two worlds would meet. Since my Clay fur­ni­ture range, I like to lit­er­ally put my fin­ger­prints on prod­ucts, and that’s also what we did with this chair. Each frame is hand-mod­eled, so ev­ery time it’s a unique piece. Af­ter that, the fab­ric is put on it, but the hand-sculpted frame, which re­ally con­tains my iden­tity, is still vis­i­ble. LV: How did you use the work­shops’ savoir-faire? MB: They know a lot about fab­ric and leather tech­niques; we did a lot of ex­per­i­ment­ing with stitch­ing, but­ton­ing, weav­ing and more. They have a great work­shop in which any de­signer could play for a long time.

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