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