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Maarten Baas

Dutch designer Maarten Baas (19/02/1978) was born in Arnsberg, Germany and moved to The Netherlands in 1979 where he grew up. Upon graduating from high school in 1995 he began his studies at the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven. Baas designed the candleholder Knuckle, which was taken into production by Pols’ Potten, while he was still studying. In 2000 he studied for several months at the Politecnico di Milano, in Milan.
In June 2002 he graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven with two concepts. One of them being the now famous and generally known Smoke series, for which Baas charred furniture and treated the torched skeletons with a coating, turning them into useable pieces of furniture again.
Three of these Smoke pieces became part of the collection of Marcel Wanders’ international design label Moooi, who launched them during the Salone del Mobile in 2003, where they were welcomed with applause. This sensation was followed by a solo-show at Moss gallery in New York, one year later, where the Smoke series were expanded by design classics from the 20th century, including pieces by Rietveld, Eames, Gaudi and Sottsass. Soon the Smoke collection was considered by museums, critics, collectors and the design public as an iconic collection of modern design and Smoke has been taken into several permanent collections of influential museums around the world (a.o Victoria & Albert Museum, Groninger Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts).
In 2005 Baas began collaborating with Bas den Herder, who is now responsible for the production and development of almost all of Maarten Baas’s designs. The founding of Studio Baas & den Herder made it possible to further work out Maarten’s unique, handmade pieces and to produce them on a larger scale. This new collaboration also allows Baas to take on even more ambitious projects for hotels, restaurants, galleries, museums and private commissioners from all over the world.


Photography by www.sarahjane.nl

products by maarten baas

Something Like This Sofa by Maarten Baas
Turbo Tables by Maarten Baas
Smoke Dining Armchair by Maarten Baas
Smoke Chair by Maarten Baas
Smoke Dining Chair by Maarten Baas




burnt solid wood, epoxy resin; leather upholstery, naturally fire retardant on fire retardant foam

The enchanting texture of burnt wood. Each item from the Smoke series share the unfamiliar and untamed finish that is categorised by fire. The smoke chair has a repair kit underneath the seat in case of emergencies.                        


Finished cow leather th 08-10 chrome tanning
Dying trough, finished with water pigment

Leather is a natural product, colours may vary from hide to hide.




106x60x62cm | 41.7”x23.6”x24.4”
Actual seating height of 47cm | 18.5”
height of armrest 70cm | 27.6” from floor level

Smoke Chair on fire


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