‘chinese objects object’ by maarten baas, 2008 – carved camphor wood with varnish image © designboom

during his ‘chinese residency’, dutch designer maarten baas was impressed with the local woodcarving traditions and created a new series of works combining this traditional form of craftsmanship with his own playful imagination. with ‘plastic chair in wood’ (2008), wood gives a luxurious twist to the common plastic garden chair.

maarten baas at contrasts gallery in design miami / basel 2008 ‘chinese objects object’ by maarten baas, 2008 – carved camphor wood with varnish

according to baas, the chair ‘could be something you’d see in an antique shop. it’s only when you look at it twice
that you realize you’ve seen it before.the piece is inspired by china’s paradoxes. in china there’s so much craft’,
says baas. ‘they can do things that you just couldn’t find in holland. but they can also copy very well’.
the form also references the vogue in shanghai for kitsch and plastic, contrasting disposable, mass-produced
goods with treasured, handcrafted objects.

maarten baas at contrasts gallery in design miami / basel 2008 ‘chinese objects object’ by maarten baas, 2008 – carved camphor wood with varnish image © designboom

maarten baas at contrasts gallery in design miami / basel 2008 ‘chinese objects object’ by maarten baas, 2008 – carved camphor wood with varnish image © designboom

maarten baas at contrasts gallery in design miami / basel 2008 maarten baas at contrasts gallery in design miami / basel 2008 image © designboom

maarten baas at contrasts gallery in design miami / basel 2008 maarten baas at contrasts gallery in design miami / basel 2008 image © designboom

maarten baas at contrasts gallery in design miami / basel 2008 ‘plastic chair in wood’ by maarten baas, 2008 – carved camphor wood with varnish image © designboom

maarten baas at contrasts gallery in design miami / basel 2008 ‘plastic chair in wood’ by maarten baas, 2008 – carved camphor wood with varnish

maarten baas at contrasts gallery in design miami / basel 2008 ‘plastic chair in wood’ by maarten baas, 2008 – carved camphor wood with varnish image © designboom

maarten baas at contrasts gallery in design miami / basel 2008 ‘stacked plastic stools in wood’ by maarten baas, 2008 – carved camphor wood with varnish image © designboom

maarten baas at contrasts gallery in design miami / basel 2008 ‘stacked plastic stools in wood’ by maarten baas, 2008 – carved camphor wood with varnish image © designboom

maarten baas at contrasts gallery in design miami / basel 2008 ‘plastic stool in wood’ by maarten baas, 2008 – carved camphor wood with varnish image © designboom

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