Tuesday, 15 July 2014 01:00

Maarten Baas: Baas is in Town

Milan is all about the show, says the Dutch designer. So at this year’s Salone he played the ringmaster at his own anarchic circus

Published in News
Thursday, 07 February 2013 11:28

Maarten Baas for Swarovski and Laikingland

An elaborate sand-timer for Laikingland and an introspective model of a thinker for Swarovski, reflect the Dutch designer’s present state of mind.

Published in News
Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:51

Icon Magazine

“Icon” is not a word to be used lightly on these pages but, on the occasion of our hundredth issue, somehow it seemed appropriate

Published in Icon of the Month
Thursday, 11 August 2011 12:46

Real and fake in China

China is the epicentre of copying, from knock-off handbags to the Venetian Macao hotel – itself a copy of an imitation. But this industrious fakery can be more than mere kitsch. It is creative, modern and raises questions about the value of originality.

Published in Features
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 13:51

China's World Expo

One image is ubiquitous on the construction hoardings, billboards and plastic shopping bags in Shanghai these days – the tiered silhouette of the China Pavilion at the Expo 2010.

Published in News
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 09:55

Milan Furniture Fair

A volcanic ash cloud stole the show in Milan. But then again it wasn’t difficult for a natural phenomenon to step into the limelight at the Milan furniture fair as it was a year dominated by safe launches. The daring and inventiveness we predicted that the recession would bring didn’t come to fruition this year either.

Published in News
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 09:03

Milan: iPhone app by Maarten Baas

During the Milan furniture fair last week, the city was covered in posters saying “The newest Maarten Baas for only 99c”. It turned out the Dutch designer's latest launch was an iPhone app.

Published in News
Friday, 14 August 2009 08:43

Milan Special Part 2

It was the best Milan ever, said some.
Published in ICON 073 | July 2009
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 19:03

Pearl Lam

In one of her many houses, Pearl Lam, Shanghai-based design gallerist and billionaire heiress, is holding dinner.

This is our list of the people in architecture and design who we feel are shaping the future

Published in Features
Friday, 24 October 2008 15:08


It’s a word with nothing but negative associations: repellent, mutant, nasty. On the surface, it’s the enemy of design. It stands for formlessness over form; artlessness over artistry; revulsion over delight; randomness and chaos in place of craft and precision. But it’s also magnetic.

Published in ICON 061 | July 2008
Wednesday, 06 August 2008 08:02

The Shanghai Riddle

Dutch designer Maarten Baas’ first exhibition in China will open next Friday at the Contrasts Gallery in Shanghai. Called, appropriately enough, the Shanghai Riddle, the show is the culmination of a year’s work for Baas.

Published in Design
Thursday, 05 June 2008 13:17

Design Miami/Basel

Brad Pitt popped into Design Miami/Basel – the Swiss edition of the collectors fair that takes place annually in Florida – to do a spot of shopping earlier this week. Among the pieces on offer was work by Dutch practice Studio Makkink & Bey, London-based designer Julia Lohmann and Swiss design school École cantonale d’art de Lausanne.
Published in NEWS
Friday, 23 March 2007 06:28

Maarten Baas | icon 020 | February 2005

The battered white Mercedes van turns off the highway and enters a small, shabby industrial estate outside the small southern Dutch town of Eindhoven. A grand piano stands on waste ground in front of a lock-up unit. A blowtorch and a jerry-can of petrol lie ready.