smoke chair

smoke chair

smoke chair

Design Maarten Baas, 2002
Burnt wood, epoxy resin, leather
Made in The Netherlands by Moooi

Pieces of furniture are literally burned, after which they are preserved in a clear epoxy coating. The beauty and character of burned wood is now captured in a long lasting material, creating the strange sensation of sitting on burnt furniture.

Maarten Baas is a Dutch designer who graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in 1996. In 2000 he studied for several months at the Politecnico di Milano. In June 2002 he graduated at the Design Academy a series of burned furniture called "Smoke". Maarten is searching for the boundaries of design, without leaning on the regular "do's and don'ts".

The Smoke series includes armchair, dining chair and chandelier. Each item from the Smoke series share the unfamiliar and untamed finish that is categorized by fire. Each piece is unique and may differ due to the process used for production. The smoke chair is upholstered in black leather and has a secret repair kit underneath the seat in case of emergencies.

41.3" h | 29.5" w | seat: 15.75" h

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Maarten Baas

Maarten Baas (b. 1978) made his first design, “Knuckle,” as a student at the Design Academy Eindhoven. This candle holder for candles of various sizes was taken into production by Pol’s Potten. He also sold the first unique piece of the now well known “Hey, Chair, Be A Bookshelf” furniture during this time. After some time studying at Milan Polytechnic and graduating from the Design Academy, he designed the “Smoke” series of burned furniture, which was nominated for awards and adopted into the Moooi line, as well as the personal collection of Philippe Starck. “Smoke” pieces would later be commissioned for every room of the Gramercy Park Hotel. Baas creates unique pieces that are each handmade, though produced in series, and explore the boundaries of design without merely just breaking the rules.
Founded in 2001 by complementing personalities Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers, Moooi is named after the native Dutch word for “beautiful”. According to the company, “the third ‘o’ in the brand name stands for an extra value in terms of beauty & uniqueness.” In additon to Wanders’ work, Moooi has produced work from Bertjan Pot, Maarten Baas, Ross Lovegrove and Studio Job. Ultimately, Wanders is responsible for the overall design selection process.
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