Maarten Baas was born in Germany but grew up in The Netherlands, graduating from the renowned Design Academy of Eindhoven. He is well known for his Smoke Series, for which he literally burned iconic furniture pieces including some classics from Rietveld, Eames and Gaudi. Since 2005 he has worked with Bas Den Herder in their studio at Hertogenbosch.
A faithful contributor to Dutch Design Week, Baas takes the yearly opportunity to show his latest and most quirky creations at the grand show. For the last edition — which finished a couple of weeks ago — he created a tragic but humorous story that got everybody’s attention and left some people shocked. Baas’ public spot consisted of a white van that seemed to have crashed onto a lamp post right next to Eindhoven’s central train station.