The Carapace sideboard by Maarten Baas was launched in 2016 at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in New York City. The product design‘s inspiration came from its scientific name Carapace, which defines the protective and decorative shell found on the back of some animals, such as beetles and turtles. The starting point concept behind this beautiful furniture design collection is then the idea of creating a “hard skin” to protect a soft body.
The materials that Maarten Baas chose for this piece were the golden welded tempered bronze for the exterior and the European walnut for the interior.
The sideboard is characterized by a patchwork of bronze plating, which joined together piece-by-piece forms the “skin” or “protective shield” of the furniture, similar to those found on the animals. This transmits the idea that this exterior “shield” is protecting a very fine interior.
The product designer decided to use a dot-welding process in order to put together the materials and this process leaves in the sideboard a beautiful pattern of welded stitches, which animate the give a special touch to the piece’s surface.
This contemporary sideboard belongs to a six-piece collection, which consists of two armchairs, three different cabinets (including this sideboard), and a desk. Each component of the Carapace collection is very limited in the sense that each component run as a limited series of eight, plus the artist’s proof. It is more than furniture, it’s exclusive design, it is an art piece.
Maarten Baas is a Dutch designer born in 1978, in the southwest of the Netherlands. He studied at the Design Acadamy Eindhoven in 1996 and today is considered to be one of the most influential Dutch designers of the 21st century. Usually, the product designer works on the line between art and design and that’s why he is often described as an “author-designer”. Maarten Baas work is presented in major museum collections, such as the MoMa, Victoria & Albert Museum, Les Arts Decoratifs, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Die Neue Sammlung, Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum.
Find more selected furniture pieces in our TOP 100 FURNITURE SELECTION – PART I and also at TOP 100 FURNITURE SELECTION – PART II