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  • Provenance

    Commissioned directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    ‘The New Order: Alternative Repositories to Contain our Belongings’, Moss, New York, July 27- September 3, 2006

  • Literature

    Gareth Williams, The Furniture Machine: Furniture Since 1990, London, 2006, pp. 35, 120, 124, 129 for other examples from the series
    Sophie Lovell, Furnish: Furniture and Interior Design for the 21st Century, Berlin, 2007, pp. 68-69 for other examples from the series
    Tom Dixon, et al., eds., &Fork, London, 2007, p. 2 8 for another example from the series
    Sophie Lovell, Limited Editions, Prototypes, One-Offs, and Design Art Furniture, Basel, 2009, p. 239 for another example from the series

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 2004, as an exclusive collaboration with Moss, Maarten Baas created an edition featuring one-of-a-kind pieces, called ‘Where There’s Smoke…’, a continuing narrative told through examples of iconic furniture such as this ‘Joy’ shelving unit from 1989, designed by Achille Castiglioni and manufactured by Zanotta, Italy. Baas chooses from what are considered the most innovative 20th-century movements (Jugendstil, mid-20th century, and contemporary design, periods that have made the strongest influence in the studies of this recent Eindhoven graduate. Each piece is systematically burned and then stabilized, first with an epoxy resin, and then with a special lacquer. As in the great steam engines of the nineteenth century, Baas proposes design as a ‘fuel’ which, when thrown on the ¥re, releases energy to propel us forward. Wielding a torch as one might a chisel, Baas resculpts classic designs.

74

Unique expandable ‘Joy Shelving Unit’, from the ‘Where There’s Smoke’ series

2005
Charred pre-existing designed shelving unit, clear epoxy resin.
74 3/4 x 38 x 11 3/4 in (189.9 x 96.5 x 29.8 cm) fully collapsed
Handmade by Baas & den Herder, the Netherlands for Moss, USA. Interior of base with metal label printed and embossed with ‘“Where There’s Smoke”/created by Maarten Baas for Moss NY/moooi /JOY..01/12/05/unique piece’.Handmade by Baas & den Herder, the Netherlands for Moss, USA. Interior of base with metal label printed and embossed with ‘“Where There’s Smoke”/created by Maarten Baas for Moss NY/moooi /JOY..01/12/05/unique piece’.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $13,750

Moss

16 October 2012
New York