Maarten Baas’ Furniture Is Inspired By Turtle and Beetle’s Shells

Maarten Baas is a Dutch designer born in 1978, in the southwest of the Netherlands. He studied at the Design Acadamy Eindhoven in 1996 and today is considered to be one of the most influential Dutch designers of the 21st century. Usually, the product designer works on the line between art and design and that’s why he is often described as an “author-designer”. 

Maarten Baas' Furniture Is Inspired By Turtle and Beetle's Shells
Maarten Baas' Furniture Is Inspired By Turtle and Beetle's Shells

Maarten Baas’ work is presented in major museum collections, such as the MoMa, Victoria & Albert Museum, Les Arts Decoratifs, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Die Neue Sammlung, Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum.

Maarten Baas' Furniture Is Inspired By Turtle and Beetle's Shells

The product design‘s inspiration came from its scientific name Carapace, which defines the protective and decorative shell found on the back of some animals, such as beetles and turtles. The starting point concept behind this beautiful furniture design collection is then the idea of creating a “hard skin” to protect a soft body.

Maarten Baas' Furniture Is Inspired By Turtle and Beetle's Shells
Maarten Baas' Furniture Is Inspired By Turtle and Beetle's Shells

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A contemporary entryway with an exclusive sideboard

This art furniture piece was launched at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery and it is there, that the modern artist, still showcases some of his most creative modern design items. The materials that Maarten Baas chose for this piece were the golden welded tempered bronze for the exterior and the European walnut for the interior.

Maarten Baas' Furniture Is Inspired By Turtle and Beetle's Shells
Maarten Baas' Furniture Is Inspired By Turtle and Beetle's Shells
Maarten Baas' Furniture Is Inspired By Turtle and Beetle's Shells

The sideboard is characterized by a patchwork of bronze plating, which joined together piece-by-piece forms the “skin” or “protective shield” of the furniture, similar to those found on the animals. This transmits the idea that this exterior “shield” is protecting a very fine interior.

But his contemporary design creations go further than this, Buffets and Cabinets seeks inspirations in every single top designer and Maarten Baas sure is a genius when it comes to craftsmanship in his modern cabinets and sideboards.

Maarten Baas' Furniture Is Inspired By Turtle and Beetle's Shells
Maarten Baas' Furniture Is Inspired By Turtle and Beetle's Shells
Maarten Baas' Furniture Is Inspired By Turtle and Beetle's Shells

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A contemporary entryway with an exclusive sideboard