Recently a client of mine, a real collector with daring taste who is very interested in investigating the concept of furniture as a work of art, introduced me to this body of work. Well, this piece and the whole recent show it came from at Carpenters Workshop is proof that that concept (which one associates with furniture makers of the past such as Ruhlmann and Legrain) is still vibrantly alive, as well as the somewhat eighteenth century idea of meticulous standards of workmanship going into a piece that will also be utilized in daily life.
The Baas Carapace cupboard is a little scary, completely original, and entirely beautiful. For me it has its roots in the idea that military technology can also be seen artistically. Faberge made a steel “military” egg, still in Russia, in the shape of a grenade supported by four rockets, and James de Givenchy has made jewelry out of scrap ordnance which is patchworked and riveted together in a way very reminiscent of this piece. I love beauty full of strangeness, I love courage in design, and here it is”
David Netto of David Netto Design LLC