Maarten Baas is a Dutch artist and designer who graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2002. His studio is based in Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.
Baas is considered one of the most influential artist-designers of the early twenty-first century. His works straddle boundaries between art and design. He occupies a unique position in the field, embodying conceptual art, craftsmanship, installation, public space, and performance in his oeuvre. He’s known for his rebellious, intellectual, theatrical, and artistic style. Baas’s most renowned works are Smoke, Clay, and Real Time, which instantly recognized him worldwide.
2009 he was named ‘Designer of the Year’ at Design Basel/ Miami, and in 2012, the New York Times listed Smoke and Clay in its ‘Top 25 Design Classics of the Future’. In 2016, Baas won the Art Prize for his Real Time Sweepers clock.