Monday, November 17, 2008

Moooi Smoke Collection

The Smoke collection was designed by Maarten Baas for Moooi

Moooi was founded by the ultra talented Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers. Besides the designs of Marcel Wanders, Moooi also has other designs from both national and internationally recognised designers, such as Jurgen bey, Bertjan pot, Jasper Morrisson, Ross Lovegrove, Studio Job and many more. The interior designs are selected by Marcel Wanders himself.

Maarten Baas is a Dutch designer. He grew up in Burgh-Haamstede and Hemmen in the south and centre part of the Netherlands. Graduated from highschool he started to study at Design Academy Eindhoven in 1996. Still in school his first design, candleholder “Knuckle”, was taken in production bij Pol’s Potten. He also sold the first unique-piece of the now well known “Hey, chair, Be A Bookshelf”-furniture to Stef Bakker (co-founder of Orange Babies). His pieces are all unique and handmade, though produced in series, mostly signed and numbered by himself. He is searching for the boundaries of design, without leaning on the regular "do's and don'ts". This way of working became even more clear at the Salone del Mobile in Milan 2005, where he showed his new pieces. "Treasure", "Hey, chair, be a bookshelf!" and "Flatpack Furniture" which became a great success.

His design Smoke was adopted in the collection of Dutch label Moooi, of Marcel Wanders. Thanks to successful presentations in Milan, London and Paris, Smoke became known world-wide. Smoke furniture were bought by museums and collectors such as Lidewij Edelkoort and Philippe Starck. 

The process of making the pieces for this collection is tremendously unique. He appropriates and metamorphoses found wooden objects, making them his own with a signature technique that involves singeing them with a blowtorch. The pieces are then detailed.

I love his philosophy behind his work. He subverts existing notions of beauty, believing that objects that have a history, a patina of use or a degree of unique human intervention are more interesting than flawless, identical objects from a production line. 

I am always intrigued by the way design challenges the way we think, the way we interpret life and shapes the philosophies of our lives. 
Smoke Armchair.

Smoke Dining Chair

Smoke Chaise Lounge

Smoke Chandelier

Smoke Side Console.

1 comment:

CatLeccia said...

seriously, i love baas's works, it's really creative an so on... but don't you prefer something diferent to have in your place? if i had money to that i would buy all the collections from Boca do Lobo (luxury design) and for lighten my world i would choose Delightfull...