Maarten Baas Designer of the Year Design Miami 2009

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Martin Baas Design Miami 2009 designer of the year commission piece

Martin Baas Design Miami 2009 designer of the year commission piece

Maarten Baas commission piece (exterior view)  for Design Miami 2009.

Wardrobe furniture piece by Martin Baas for Design Miami 2009

Interior view of Maarten Baas designed wardrobe commissioned for Design Miami 2009.

Martin Baas furniture collection

Baas furniture collections from left to right: Clay chair, The Chankley Bore, Plastic Chair in Wood, Sculpt Dining Chair, and Hey, Chair be a Bookshelf. The “Hey, Chair be a Bookshelf” is a composition of various furniture pieces which have been collected from second hand stores and then assembled into one piece creating a new life and function for each piece, according to Baas:

A chair became a bookshelf; a lampshade became a vase, a violin a coat rack.

Martin Baas Where theres smoke and treasure furniture collection

Baroque armchair reproduction from Moooi (left) for the Maarten Baas “Where There’s Smoke…” collection. Yellow Dining Chair (right) from the “Treasure Furniture” collection. The “Treasure Furniture” collection utilizes furniture factory scrap and waste to give life to a new piece of furniture.

Martin Baas clay chair and burned zig zag chair Design Miami 2009

Clay dining chair in red (left) is hand crafted of synthetic clay with a metal skeleton. The design for the chair from the  “Where There’s Smoke…” collection (right) is inspired by Gerrit T. Rietveld’s Zig Zag chair – then the chair was burned, and sealed in a clear expoy coating.