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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