1978 Arnsberg (Germany)
Maarten Baas is known as an author-designer. His work touches on both art and design and is well known. Baas is known as one of the most influential Dutch designers in the early 21st century.
He was born in 1978 in Germany, in Arnsberg, but was raised in Burgh-Haamstede, on the coast of Zeeland, The Netherlands.
Baas studied at the design academy in Eindhoven and became a world-famous artist for his graduation project: Smoke. His project existed of burnt furniture and he finished it in 2002. In 2004 he opened an exhibition in Moss, New York: where there’s smoke. 25 classic designs were used. It became a popular exhibition. Celebrities like John Mcenroe and Brad Pitt bought pieces from his collection.
It didn’t end with Smoke. Many other projects followed. In 2006 he was in Milan with his project Clay, in which he showed furniture again. This time handmade with epoxy clay. Both projects, Smoke and Clay, are included in the list of future classics of the early century by the New York Times.
However, Baas had more successes. He was named designer of the year by design Miami in 2009. In the same year he designed a special series of clocks. The real time project contained a series of twelve-hour films in which the actor indicated the current time every minute. One of the clocks was bought by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
In his relatively short life, Baas has already made a name for himself and has influenced the world of design and art.
He has taken his place and is engaged with limited editions, productions, installations, public spaces, architecture, decors and performances. The art he creates is characterized by his rebellious, humorous, intellectual, theatrical and artistic style.