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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.

1 March, 2016

Maarten Baas Exhibits Shell Inspired Furniture Pieces in New York

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.
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The line, which draws inspiration from shells, seeks to explore the notion of creating a hard skin to protect a soft body.
Maarten Baas Exhibits Shell Inspired Furniture Pieces in New York
Maarten Baas Carapace Sideboard

The line, which draws inspiration from shells, seeks to explore the notion of creating a hard skin to protect a soft body.

His NYC solo show will run from the 2nd of March until the 20th of April 2016, where Baas exhibits six individual pieces
Maarten Baas Exhibits Shell Inspired Furniture Pieces in New York
Maarten Baas Carapace Console

His NYC solo show will run from the 2nd of March until the 20th of April 2016, where Baas exhibits six individual pieces

"I feel it's important to have a hard layer under which something good and fruitful can bloom up. The works explore the feeling of vulnerability up against the desire for development in the environment."
Maarten Baas Exhibits Shell Inspired Furniture Pieces in New York
Maarten Baas Carapace Cabinet

"I feel it's important to have a hard layer under which something good and fruitful can bloom up. The works explore the feeling of vulnerability up against the desire for development in the environment."

Maarten Baas Carapace Cabinet Detail
Maarten Baas Exhibits Shell Inspired Furniture Pieces in New York
Maarten Baas Carapace Cabinet Detail

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.
Maarten Baas Exhibits Shell Inspired Furniture Pieces in New York
Maarten Baas Carapace Desk

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.

Each of the pieces are built from a bronze patchwork in a raw state, dot-welded together to create a shell looking surface.
Maarten Baas Exhibits Shell Inspired Furniture Pieces in New York
Maarten Baas Carapace Desk-1

Each of the pieces are built from a bronze patchwork in a raw state, dot-welded together to create a shell looking surface.

Maarten Baas Carapace Sideboard Detail
Maarten Baas Exhibits Shell Inspired Furniture Pieces in New York
Maarten Baas Carapace Sideboard Detail

Interestingly, Baas compliments his pieces with contrasting materials such as Alpaca Wool found on the plump armchair.
Maarten Baas Exhibits Shell Inspired Furniture Pieces in New York
Maarten Baas Carapace Chair

Interestingly, Baas compliments his pieces with contrasting materials such as Alpaca Wool found on the plump armchair.

Maarten Baas Carapace Chair-Rear
Maarten Baas Exhibits Shell Inspired Furniture Pieces in New York
Maarten Baas Carapace Chair-Rear

Or walnut root veneer, on his cabinet and desk interiors.
Maarten Baas Exhibits Shell Inspired Furniture Pieces in New York
Maarten Baas Carapace Cabinet Open

Or walnut root veneer, on his cabinet and desk interiors.

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.
Maarten Baas Exhibits Shell Inspired Furniture Pieces in New York
Maarten Baas Grandfather Clock

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”.

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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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