Marteen Baas, Clay Furniture
Published on March 15, 2015
Clay furniture is made of synthetic Clay, with a metal “skeleton” inside to reinforce the structure. All pieces are modelled by hand. No moulds are used in the production, making each piece unique. The eight standard colors of the Clay series, are black, white, brown, red, yellow, blue, orange and green.
“Clay” furniture is form 2006 and Marteen wanted to make a naive chair. Literally clayed by hand. Every chair is unique and even thought there is a metal structure inside, they are all hand made.
From 1979, Baas grew up in Burgh-Haamstede and Hemmen in the southwest and centre part of the Netherlands. Graduated from high school, he started to study at Design Academy Eindhoven in 1996. Still in school, his first design, candleholder “Knuckle”, was taken in production bij Pol’s Potten. He also sold the first unique piece of the now well known “Hey, chair, Be A Bookshelf”-furniture to Stef Bakker (co-founder of Orange Babies). In 2000, he studied for several months at the Politecnico di Milano.
His pieces are all unique and handmade, though produced in series, mostly signed and numbered by Maarten Baas. Maarten is searching for the boundaries of design, without leaning on the regular “dos and don’ts”.
Since 2012 most of the products designed by Maarten are made by Den Herder Production House (DHPH), which is derived from Baas&den Herder. DHPH also makes products designed by other renowned designers.
Den Herder Production House derived from studio Baas & den Herder, in which Maarten Baas, designed, and Bas den Herder produced (their names, Baas and Bas, are similar, but they’re 2 persons!). It has always been a very good match, since Bas has exactly the good skills to make the kind of products he’d like to design. Small series, unique pieces in experimental techniques, delivering the highest possible quality. Unlike many production factories, DHPH is a studio, that tries new techniques, seeing the design as a process that takes place in the workshop. Many times he heard of colleague designers: “I wished I had someone like den Herder!”. That’s how the idea came up to use the qualities of the studio also for other designers and other projects. Bas is a authentic, humoristic, responsible and a hard working man, who simply should be making beautiful products. And that’s what DHPH does.