Baas explains that his "carapace" inspired line took a lot of manual effort and time to complete, as all welding was done by hand, and each bronze or steel plate required individual treatment, and a finishing patina coat.
One of the exhibition's center pieces is the Grand Father Clock Self Portrait, an adaptation of one of his earlier artistic concepts, the Grandmother Clock, which featured a video of an elderly woman drawing the hands of a clock on a transparent panel. Every minute for 12 hours, she wrote and then erased the time. For the Carapace exhibition on the other hand, Baas has set his self portrait on the face of the clock.
Dutch designer Maarten Baas presents his latest furniture line Carapace, at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in New York City.
Graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2002, he gained public awareness thanks to his Smoke chair, which was created by singeing a used piece of furniture with a blowtorch, later evolving into an entire collection entitled “Where there’s smoke”.
Carapace is a scientific term used to define a protective, decorative or camouflaging shell found on the back of animals such as beetles and turtles. this notion of creating a ‘hard skin’ to protect a soft body was the starting point for Maarten Baas’ furniture series that carries the same name.
“I think my work is always moving in various directions. the ‘smoke’ furniture is quite different from ‘clay’ and ‘real time’ is quite different from ‘clay’ and ‘smoke’. I always try to find ways in which I can express what I want to express at that very moment, however that may look.” says Maarten Baas.
The robust, curved volumes of ‘carapace’ draw on the dutch designer’s admiration of the 1950s refrigerator, combining these with organic forms found in nature. comprised of an armchair, desk, cupboard, small and wide cabinet, each of these pieces is characterized by a patchwork of bronze plating, dot welded piece-by-piece, forming the skin or ‘shell’ of the furniture, acting as a protective shield, similar to a turtle shell. collectively the pieces reflect the idea of the protective in harmony with the beautiful. it is enveloped by a hard metal exterior that consequently conveys the evolution of the very fine interior where treasure can hide.
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