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Clay & Plain Clay Collection

Dutch designer Maarten Baas has designed a variety of furniture pieces entitled Clay & Plain Clay for Den Herder Production House (DHPH). Each piece is made from steel and wrapped in synthetic clay moulded by hand. With this, a unique and one-of-a-kind piece is created as no two are identical. Drawing on his previous clay series, Baas reworks his original idea of creating furniture from steel and clay. Here, Baas uses pigmented clay that creates a more matt-like finish.

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Clay Bench – © Maarten Baas & DH PH


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Clay Bookshelves – © Maarten Baas & DH PH

The Plain Clay Series is made. In this rudimentary Clay series the fingerprints of the hands that squeezed the clay are still visible, making each piece of furniture a unique handmade product. 
For the restaurant of the Groninger Museum, the material has been developed further in order to make it more suitable for public use. The clay of the Plain Collection, is treated in such way, that the pieces don’t need to be lacquered like the original Clay series. Through a special technique, the material is pigmented in order to create the different colors of the collection: Black, Blue, Red and Natural.
 On request custom pieces can be made.

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Clay Floor Fan Medium – © Maarten Baas & DH PH


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CLAY group – © Maarten Baas & DH PH

“We make products mostly by hand in editions to small to warrant setting up a production line. We do this with a team of craftsmen that can handle the complexity of the pieces well enough to make them look simple again in the end. Having made the pieces, we sell them, either directly or through dealers who like what we make as much as we do ourselves. The designs come from designers who match our way of making things.” – DH PH

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Plain Clay Bench 01 – © Maarten Baas & DH PH


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Plain Clay Childrens High Chair 03 – © Maarten Baas & DH PH

Maarten Baas:

Clay
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Clay furniture is made of synthetic Clay with a metal “skeleton” inside to reinforce the structure. All pieces are modeled by hand. No moulds are used in the production, making each piece unique.
 The eight standard colors of the Clay series are: black, white, brown, red, yellow, blue, orange and green.

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Plain Clay Floor Light 02 – © Maarten Baas & DH PH

Plain Clay:

Based on the concept of the earlier Clay series, Maarten Baas presents The Plain Collection at Spazio Rossana Orlandi (salone del mobile ’11). In this rudimentary Clay series the finger prints of the hands that squeezed the clay are still visible, making each piece of furniture a unique product. For the restaurant of the Groninger Museum, the material has been developed further in order to make it stronger for public use. The clay of the Plain Collection, is treated in such way, that the pieces don’t need to be lacquered like the original Clay series. Through a special technique, the material is pigmented in order to create the three different colours of the collection: Black, Red and Natural. All pieces are made by hand in The Netherlands.

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Plain Clay Side Table 01 – © Maarten Baas & DH PH


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Plain Clay Stool 01 – © Maarten Baas & DH PH

DH PH

DHPH or Den Herder Production House is a new producer and distributor of handmade products and custom made pieces. After years of working solely with Maarten Baas, DHPH has extended this collaboration format to other designers fitting our ways of making things. The works are hand made in our studio, in editions too small to warrant setting up a production line and too technical and with too much aesthetic variation to be outsourced. This layout gives us the flexibility to customize products from the standard collection and also to realize larger projects.

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BAAS logo in clay – © Maarten Baas & DH PH

Data:

Name: Clay & Plain Clay Collection
Type: Furniture Collection
Materials: steel and wrapped in synthetic clay moulded by hand
Materials Combination: Metal + Color, Eco / Recycled / Green
Dimensions: Varies
Colour: Mix / Multi Color
Year: 2013

The people:

Furniture Designer: Maarten Baas – Rosmalensedijk 3, 5236 BD ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Manufacturer: DH PH – Den Herder Production House – Rosmalensedijk 3, 5236 BD ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Text Description: © Courtesy of Maarten Baas, DH PH
Images: © Maarten Baas, DH PH

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