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Maarten Baas is one of the confirmed presences for Milan Design Week this year! In this article, we’re delving a little deeper into his career as well as knowing what he’s up to in this year’s edition of the event.
In this year’s Milan Design Week the Dutch designer Maarten Baas is setting up to show his artistic interpretation of what he calls the “attention economy”. For now, there aren’t many details to be known about his project other than it will occupy an entire warehouse with an interactive installation.
Maarten Baas has been a recurring presence at Milan Design Week, each year in Ventura, bringing forward some innovative projects. Last year he was asked to collaborate with other 16 artists in the creation of Baas’ cast-glass creatures in a project he claims to have “started with a doodle”.
Maarten Baas was born on the 19th of February, 1978. He grew up in Burgh-Haamstede and Hemmen located in the southwest and central region of the Netherlands. After graduating from high school, he began studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1996.
Maarten Baas is known as one of the most influential Dutch designers of the beginning of the 21st century, being described by many of his fans as “author-designer”, seen as his art pieces are incredible storytellers that play with the boundaries between art and design.
Rebellious, playful, intellectual, theatrical and artistic are some of the adjectives used to define Maarten Baas’ work. Maarten Baas has worked in a variety of categories, from conceptual design, limited edition furniture, and production design to installations, public spaces, architecture, and interior design, among many other relevant areas for design.
Maarten Baas’ works of art were showcased 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. And in private art collections of Brad Pitt, Kanye West, Ian Schrager, and Adam Lindemann. He also collaborated with exclusive brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, Dior, Gramercy Park Hotel, Dom Ruinart and Berluti. Since 2005, Baas collaborates with Bas den Herder.