Maarten Baas is a Dutch designer. Born in 1978, he grew up largely in Burgh-Haamstede and Hemmen in the Netherlands. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Baas is at the forefront of the design community and is considered one of the most influential Dutch designers of the early twenty-first century.
Since 2005, Baas has collaborated with production partner Bas den Herder. Most of his designs are handmade in the Den Herder Production House studio in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. His works straddle boundaries between art and design, and he is known for his rebellious, playful, intellectual, theatrical, and artistic style. He occupies a unique position in the design field in that he participates in such a wide variety of areas, including conceptual design, installations, public spaces, theater design, and performance.
Baas is best known for his works Real Time, Schiphol Clock, Smoke, Clay Furniture, and Carapace. His work can be found in major museum collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.