Maarten Baas: Carapace
Carpenter's Workshop Gallery
693 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA
Dutch designer Maarten Baas will present his latest collection 'Carapace' at Carpenters Workshop Gallery's recently opened New York space.
Carapace is a scientific term for a protective, decorative or camouflaging shell found on the back of animals such as beetles and turtles. This idea of creating a 'hard skin' to protect the soft body is a key inspiration for this Maarten Baas's newest series.
Starting off in admiration of the 1950s refrigerator, this led him to the study of these curved, organic forms found in nature. The designer has created a series of furniture encompassed by a patchwork of bronze plating, dot-welded, piece-by-piece, to form the skin of the furniture, acting as a protective shield, similar to a beetle shell.
The designer says, "I feel it's important to have a hard layer under which something good and fruitful can bloom up. The works explore the feeling of vulnerability up against the desire for development in the environment."