"This place used to be a farm; the chickens and the pigs used to walk around here," says Baas, who we interviewed in his office in the converted attic of the former farmhouse. "Now we turned it into a design studio."
"This was the prototype on which Moooi based the Smoke Chair," Baas says. "It's actually burnt furniture with an epoxy resin that sucks into the charcoal. It has been reproduced many times by Moooi, and still we make unique pieces here at the farm."
Baas, who moved to the farm in 2009 with fellow designer Bas den Herder, converted the barn into a workshop where he produces other pieces of furniture such as his famous Clay series, created by moulding a synthetic clay around a metal frame.
"We squeeze our hands in the clay, you can see the fingerprints," explains Baas. "After that, it dries out and it stays like furniture."
Downstairs, Baas is in the middle of filming for his new Grandmother Clock, commissioned by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, in which an old lady seems to draw the time using a marker pen from inside the clock.
"You're very lucky to be here just at the moment that we are filming the new Grandmother Clock," Baas says. "What you see here is a little cabin in which the grandmother will sit and a video that is recording her. The grandmother will indicate the time every minute with a marker. She will draw the big hand and the small hand and after a minute she wipes away the big hand, does one minute later and like that she goes around the clock."
Baas then takes us outside to show us his workshop in the barn, as well as a small sauna he made inside an old wooden caravan, before showing us a limited edition piece of Smoke furniture that is in the process of being charred with a blow-torch.
"This is a chair that we are burning for a client," Baas starts to say, before having second thoughts about explaining the process in detail. "Ah, f**k it," he says. "I'm not going to say."