Designer: Maarten Baas

Maarten Baas is a Dutch designer who works out of a barn turned workshop, on a farm near 's-Hertogenbosh, south Holland, with fellow designer Bas den Herder. For the most part their work is playful and whimsical, but in general I find it somewhat lacking in elegance and quite simply not my style. HOWEVER, they have one series of work called SMOKE, that is truly stunning. The chair grabs hold of my imagination, looks plush, refined, and incredibly sexy. Yes I called the chair sexy, and I want one.

Smoke
Consisting of burnt wood, finished with epoxy resin, and fire retardant foam leather upholstery (the baroque pieces, my favorite, are produced by Moooi, the rest come from the duo's farm studio). The pieces are literally burned, then preserved in a clear epoxy coating to make sure your Versace suits don't get smudged. 
via http://www.maartenbaas.com/



via http://www.maartenbaas.com/

via http://www.maartenbaas.com/

via http://www.maartenbaas.com/

via http://www.maartenbaas.com/

via http://www.maartenbaas.com/

 
Amnesty
Baas also create an art piece well worth noting, he created "the empty chair" for Amnesty International in an attempt to support the fight for freedom of expression. It was created as a symbol for Liu Xiaobo, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who's chair remained empty at the ceremony after he was sentenced to 11 years in prison for his role in drafting "Charter 08", a proposal for legal and political reform in China.

Photo © Frank Tielemans

Photo © Frank Tielemans

Photo © Frank Tielemans