Dutch designer Maarten Baas in Shanghai: Interesting twists on Chinese traditional furniture designs

Maarten Baas in China

I stumbled upon this rather amusing post on designaddict.com which talks about Maarten Baas‘s, recent Jully 2008 exhibition at Contrasts gallery in Shanghai.

While participating in Contrasts’ residency program, which brings Western artists to China to study local artistic and cultural practices, Baas became fascinated with traditional Chinese woodcarving; this exhibition is dominated by the results of this interest. His work pushes the boundaries of this time-honored Chinese craft, while also revealing the designer’s playful imagination.

Needless to say, these are some very interesting interpretations on Chinese furniture.  The plastic garden chair in wood is just brilliant.

Dutch designer Maarten Baas

Personally, I like his smoke series in which wooden furniture has been burned with the remaining charcoal’ed pieces  then preserved with a coating of clear epoxy.

Maarten Baas burned chinese room divider

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chinese apothocary cabinet

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3 Comment

  1. DD says:

    Couldn’t agree more. The garden chair is fantastic. I can’t believe it’s plastic!

  2. Really? is it a plastic? I can’t believe it because it really looks like a wood..

  3. The designs are very unique and beautiful are these antique pieces are designer ones. Where can we get this furniture except in China?

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