Maarten Baas, les curiosités d’un designer, Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris

October 7, 2011 – February 12, 2012

For Maarten Baas first exhibition in a Parisian museum, he has imagined a universe inspired by 14th-century curiosity cabinets, a theatrical environment composed of a series of Surrealist interiors in which he mixes anonymous pieces and his own works.
Born in Arnsberg in Germany in 1978, Maarten Baas graduated from the prestigious Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2002. He is famous for his iconoclast and fanciful creations, ranging from the Smoke series of burnt furniture and the Clay Furniture collection, whose apparently unstable pieces seem to defy the rules of functional design, to the Sculpt series of mirror-distorted wardrobes, tables and chests of drawers and Real Time, a twelve-hour film of actors indicating the time. In his controversial experimental work, Maarten Baas merrily challenges design’s limits to reveal a strange, playful reality of optical effects and illusion.

Photos: Les Arts Décoratifs / Luc Boegly