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Designer and founder of JOINE Office for Design, Maarten Baptist has an affinity with food and an interest in the restaurant business. He creates both delicate tabletop products and an extensive range of furniture.
Baptist develops icons for day-to-day activities, each with an elegant sense of presence. Often a tiny detail will be off-key, making his pieces charmingly different.
Graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2002 with the widely recognized "Open Air" cutlery, Baptist’s career got off to a swift start. After WATdesign (a collaborative studio he founded with Jan Habraken) folded in 2008, Baptist launched JOINE Office for Design. He collaborates with the craftsmen or industries that fit a particular project’s needs.
Capitalizing on the advantages this objectivity brings, he stretches the limits of the production process and encourages craftsmen to push their capabilities. A true perfectionist, he insists on a refined finish for all products, whether produced en masse or in a small edition.
In addition to his practice, Baptist designed the interior of TIME out bar in Moscow and initiated and curated the exhibition No Windmills, Cows or Tulips (commissioned by the cities of Eindhoven, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam), which showed in Tokyo and Eindhoven. In 2010 he launched his gallery and online shop SSHHOOPP, where he sells his own products as well as the work of artists and designers he admires.
Over the years, his work has been featured in magazines and newspapers including Wallpaper, Forbes, and the New York Times. Baptist also participates in international design events such as the Salone del Mobile, Dutch Design Week, ICFF New York, the Moscow Design Week, and 100% Design Tokyo.
His work has been exhibited around the world, and his products are in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Cooper Hewitt in New York. In 2010 he was awarded a Red Dot Award for his Single Sofa.
This program is funded, in part, by public funds from the Netherlands Consulate General in New York.