You also once said that a certain narrative is a starting point for your design, then choosing the suitable material and technology. How important is this material issue then?
In my work, the material is supportive to the concept, not the other way around. But to support the concept well, it often needs to be a good material, finished well, with a lot of attention and labour. For instance, the chewingball machine – filled with medicines – and the fun-mirrors are made in bronze. They’re symbols of entertainment and superficiality, so I think it’s beautiful to make that in a timeless material. The same for the sketchy furniture, which often is my trademark: the naivety of the piece is better if the execution is perfect.
Maarten Baas, born in 1978, is considered to be one of today's most influential Dutch designers. His work on the boundaries between art and design covers all fields from conceptual designs and products to architecture, interiors and performances. Works by Baas are part of museum collections e.g. of the MoMA, V&A Museum and Rijksmuseum as well as of renowned private collections.
Maarten Baas' first big solo show, 'Hide & Seek', is currently shown at Groninger Museum (NL), still running until 24 September 2017.