This year, Maarten Baas moves from iPhone apps back into cute furniture, presenting the Plain Collection at Spazio Rossana Orlandi, based on the 2006 Clay series. In this iteration, the clay has been formulated to be strong enough for public use at the restaurant of the Netherland's Groninger Museum. The clay holds the fingerprints of the make and is pigmented throughout its body with no need for a lacquer finish, unlike the Clay series.
These pieces feel more resolved and grown up than their predecessors, losing a bit of liveliness but gaining visual weight. Our favorite is the treatment of the drawer in the side table—though covered in hand-formed clay, the opening and closing action was smooth, producing a nice effect.
The pieces come in Black, Red and Natural and are all handmade in the workshop of Maarten Baas & Bas den Herder.