Maarten Baas at the Musée des Décoratifs
The iconoclastic young Dutch designer is famous for his fanciful designs, ranging from the Smoke series of burnt furniture edited by MOOOI and the Clay Furniture collection, whose apparently unstable pieces seem to defy the rules of functional design, to the Sculpt series of mirror-distorted wardrobes, tables and chests of drawers and Real Time, a twelve-hour film of actors indicating the time. In his experimental work, Maarten Baas merrily challenges design’s limits to reveal a strange, playful reality of optical effects and illusion. For his first exhibition in a Paris museum, he has imagined a universe inspired by 14th-century curiosity cabinets, a theatrical environment composed of a series of Surrealist interiors in which he mixes anonymous pieces with his own works.
Until 12 Feb. Tue-Sun, 11am-6pm (9pm, Thu).
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli, 1st. M° Palais-Royal. 01.44.55.57.50. www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/