Introduced in 2017 at Salone di Mobile in Milan exhibit “May I Have Your Attention Please”, the 101 Chair comes in any combination of 8 shapes and 14 upholstery colors. The playful and irregular shapes are typical of Maarten Baas’ work. In the past this has been conveyed through handmade and unpredictable processed, but with the 101 Chair, it’s the numerous options that give each of these mass produced chairs it’s own identity.
Maarten Baas graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2002. His thesis project was a collection of burnt furniture titled “Smoke,” and its success led to a solo exhibition at Moss Gallery in New York. For the exhibit, he set fire to design classics by Gaudi, Eames, Rietveld, and Sottsass. In
2005 Baas established a studio with Bas den herder, who is
responsible for production. The studio’s groundbreaking projects
combine the irregularities of handmade processes with precision
engineering. Just how far should the furniture burn so it can retain
its structural integrity when coated with resin? how much clay
should be padded around a steel structure to give it a sense of
fragility? His work has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert
Museum in London, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Design
Museum in London, and the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands.
in 2009 Baas was awarded Designer of the Year at Design Miami.