Fire and Clay – Maarten Baas

13 Sep

German born Maarten Baas grew up and studied in The Netherlands.  Baas graduated “in a blaze of glory” quite literally  when he graduated at the top of his year with a project simply named “Smoke”. The project was quite simply dedicated to furniture which was set ablaze to a certain point to create a charred look. I have to say I know a few people who may have cried at the Steinway going up in flames, but I do love the texture of the charcoal. You can see a video of the process  – just click here.

Steinway Piano – Smoke

Since entering the world of Design, in a way that many may choose to leave it, Baas has gone from strength to strength with his “out of the box” designs…. collecting prestigious prizes and having many of his works in the permanent collections of international museums, such as the V & A Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art is San Francisco to name but a few.

The smoke technique has been commissioned for a number of projects such as pool tables in bars and wall panelling in hotels and restaurants.

pooltable for Gramercy Park Hotel, New York

Fabio Novembre’s livingroom with Smoke wall

Baas is certainly not a one trick pony, he has gone on to complete a number of projects since and has moved from fire to clay.

The individual Clay furniture is made of synthetic Clay, with a metal “skeleton” inside to reinforce the structure. All pieces are modeled by hand. No moulds are used in the production, making each piece unique.

So are you “smoke” or “clay”.. on with the colourful journey………


Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Art, Colour, Interior Design, Travel, Trends


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6 responses to “Fire and Clay – Maarten Baas

  1. This Sydney Life

    September 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Seriously, BCD – we don’t stand a chance against thinking like this…

  2. elisaruland

    September 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Love both of these looks! I’m tempted to set our kitchen table on fire, but I’d better leave it to the experts. 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      September 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      🙂 me too. I also think it takes a bit of courage to set fire to a piano….. I think I would probably have to have a few firemen on standby….:-)

  3. EverydaySparks

    September 14, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Wow. That’s a pretty amazing idea. I think I’d have to go with the clay though – there’s something a bit sad about the charred remains of an otherwise perfectly healthy piano…now if he could melt other stuff instead of burning wood, in a sort of tribute to Dali, that would be fantastic! 🙂


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