Dezeen and MINI World Tour: in the second part of our interview with Maarten Baas, the Dutch designer reflects on how his career has progressed since the burnt furniture he developed for his 2002 graduation project immediately brought him to the attention of the design world.
"That was quite an instant success," he says of the chair, which he created by singeing a second-hand piece of furniture with a blow torch and is now produced by Dutch design brand Moooi.
Baas continues: "In 2004, with Murray Moss [founder of design art company Moss] in New York, I made a solo show in which I did some design icons of the 20th century according to the Smoke principle - burning the furniture."
Baas describes his range of Clay furniture, which is created by hand-moulding a synthetic clay around a metal frame, as a "next step", before moving on to discuss his Real Time series of of video clocks.
Baas' video clocks include Analog Digital (above), in which a performer replicates a digital clock by painting over and wiping clean panels on a glass screen. His Sweeper Clock (below) features two men with brooms pushing lines of debris to form moving clock hands.
He also created a grandfather clock, in which an old man seems to draw the hands of the clock from inside.
"Actually, all the concepts are still developing and still running," he says. "Currently we're working with Carpenters Workshop Gallery to make a series of two clocks: a grandfather clock and a grandmother clock."
"As we speak, we are filming the grandmother clock. We are making a twelve-hour movie in which she is drawing the hands of the clock. In twelve hours time we should be finished."
Although Baas has based his studio in the countryside outside of Eindhoven since 2009, he says that the city where he studied is still close to his heart.
"Eindhoven is a very industrial city, which makes it a very practical city," he explains. "There are a lot of production companies that support people that want to make something and I like the rock and roll style of Eindhoven. It's kind of rough and people have a lot of energy."
"I didn't want to be part of the city that much anymore, so I went out of the city to the countryside. But still, if I come to Eindhoven I feel that energy of everything that is going on there and I really like that."