Design Miami with Maarten Baas Designer of the Year

December 1-5, 2009

In keeping with Design Miami/ tradition, Maarten has created a special installation at this year’s fair. Instead of offering a straightforward overview of his work, Baas has decided to design a theatrical environment in which his past work will mingle with various items from his mental travels, from things found in the street to product samples and other designers’ work, offering a unique view onto his inner world. This installation also includes a new addition to his Real Time project, created for the Zuiderzee Museum, and examples from an entirely new series of work created expressly for the Design Miami/Designer of the Year Award.

The design fair Design Miami/ has announced that the award for Designer of the Year 2009 will be presented to Dutch designer Maarten Baas. Each December, the award is presented to a designer who has made a significant contribution to the progression of design. The Designer of the Year must demonstrate a long history of consistent work, as well as outstanding work created within the last twelve months. Previous recipients include Zaha Hadid, Marc Newson, Tokujin Yoshioka and the Campana Brothers.

At 31, Baas is a young recipient for the award. “The decision to give the award to someone as young as Baas might seem controversial, but he has already changed the course of design history,” Design Miami/ Associate Director Wava Carpenter comments. “His work has transformed the way collectors understand the landscape of contemporary design and has opened the market to a younger generation of designers. Baas pioneered the way with his first collection Smoke, his graduation project which became an international design sensation through his collaboration with New York gallerist Murray Moss.”

Baas will be creating an installation at this year’s fair, held 1 - 5 December. Instead of offering a straightforward overview of his work, Baas has decided to design a theatrical environment. The overall atmosphere takes inspiration from 'Cabinets of Curiosities'. The objects are often presented in mysterious ways, where it’s not entirely clear what they are or what they mean,” Baas comments. “I think this is a fitting approach to looking at my work.”