Dutch designer Maarten Baas becomes Designer of the Year at Design Miami 2009 this month. To celebrate the occasion, Moss commissioned Baas to burn -- yes, burn -- a few classic pieces of furniture.
It's a nod to Baas' 2004 Where There's Smoke exhibition, where he used to epoxy resin to 'burn' iconic pieces by Eames, Gaudi, Noguchi and others. He did the same thing to a Steinway baby grand. Those one-of-a-kind pieces became instant collectors' items and were snatched up by designers like Marcel Wanders and Phillipe Starck.
Now, he's 'burned' Marc Newson's 1992 wooden chair and the Casablanca cabinet, designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1981. Each piece is signed "BAAS" with a metal identification plaque embossed with the following text: Where There's Smoke, created by Maarten Baas for Moss NY, 01/12/09 (December 1st, 2009), unique piece.
The pieces shown below are still available at Moss, and check out the others at Casa Sugar.