The Society of Arts has extended membership to thirteen prominent artists. They are active in the worlds of architecture, visual art, film, philosophy, literature, music, the performing arts and design.
‘In search of pure design’
Designer Maarten Baas (born in 1978) shows us reality from a surprising angle and gets us thinking. Time, transience and imperfection are some of the themes that he explores in his many designs. He is intrigued by them not because he wishes to shock us, but because he longs for a direct, ‘pure’ approach to design.
Baas has enjoyed international prominence since graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2002. In 2004, the influential Moss gallery in New York hosted a solo exhibition (Where There’s Smoke…) of his ‘Smoke’ series, consisting of 25 pieces of burned furniture, including design classics by Rietveld, Sottsass, Gaudi and Thonet. In 2009, Baas won the Dutch Design Award and was the first Dutch national to be named ‘Designer of the Year’ by an international jury. His work can now be viewed at many prestigious museums, galleries and exhibitions worldwide (MoMA in New York, Victoria & Albert in London, and Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam).