Maarten's lovable design circus

Baas is in Town

By Wava Carpenter

The most enjoyable show in Milan this year is Maarten Baas's circus-themed installation Baas is in Town, which features both new, serious works alongside quirky improvised objects that may have no life beyond this week. Embracing (or mocking) the pandemonium that every designer faces when exhibiting during this crucial design week event, Maarten in collaboration with his longtime production partner Bas Den Herder set up a riotous presentation complete with carnival music, lighted signs, and even a sad clown.

Den Herder Production House also presented new works in the Sideshow, along with other designers who contibuted to Baas's installation, like Atelier Van Asseldonk.

Even if the intention was meant to be a bit sarcastic, at least for me, the Maarten's show filled me with wonder and delight, and reminded me of the years when coming to Salone guaranteed exhilarating new discoveries.

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    • Wava Carpenter

      Wava Carpenter

      After studying Design History, Wava has worn many hats in support of design culture: teaching design studies, curating exhibitions, overseeing commissions, organizing talks, writing articles—all of which informs her work now as Pamono’s Editor-in-Chief.

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