maarten baas: the plain collection milan design week 2012
maarten baas: the plain collection   milan design week 2012 maarten baas: the plain collection   milan design week 2012
may 02, 2012

maarten baas: the plain collection milan design week 2012

‘plain clay collection’ by maarten baas all images © frank tielemans

dutch designer maarten baas explores the qualities of clay through furniture pieces which celebrate the hands from which they are formed with ‘the plain collection’. the newest addition to the series are a set of stools which are made of redeveloped synthetic clay. the new formula used for the objects ensures a stronger structure, no longer needing a lacquered finish. this allows for the natural quality of the material to be left exposed. pigment is added directly into the mixture of the natural substance to achieve various colors. no moulds are used for the manufacturing process, instead, the clay is placed by hand on a metal skeleton for a result in which the texture of fingerprints and the impressions of the maker’s sculpting motions are still visible after the clay hardens.

baas’ updated series of clay furniture, including the new stools, was presented at spazio rossana orlandi during milan design week 2012.

the structures of ‘the plain collection’ are made strong enough for public use and have been installed in the restaurant of the groninger museum in the netherlands. see designboom’s article on the groninger museum renovation which includes photographs of the furniture in context.

chair frames are formed from unlacquered clay  


side tables

(left) floor lamp (right) pendant lighting

mirror with clay frame

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

design news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
474,540 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
privacy policy