Maarten Baptist : Open Air

Starting from a very common functional object, designer Maarten Baptist transports gourmands to a new experience. With the Open Air table set, it is these hollow lines, as simply drawn, that make all the difference.

Maarten Baptist is a multi-faceted designer: teacher, stylist, interior designer ... he is present in many international institutions including SFMoMA in San Francisco. After graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2002 (Netherlands), Maarten Baptist founded WATdesign with Jan Habraken, then JOINE office for Design in 2008. A period during which he imagined seven sets of cutlery each corresponding to the character of seven of his friends. An honest inspiration of which a playful realization with sculptural contours quickly detached itself.


Cutlery, available in France on the new marketplace Designer Box, seem to materialize in three dimensions the sketches of Maarten Baptist. They testify to the personality and the taste for the graphic aesthetics of the designer by daring and gourmet creations. Similarly in this Open Air series, where the object is handled, the contact surface of the cutlery is made minimal thanks to the recessing of the stainless steel handles. The set includes small and large knives, forks, teaspoons and a set of fish knives.
For the reissue of this project built in 2002 at graduation, the designer plays contours, questions transparency and functionality, and perfects subtle details such as the thickness of stainless steel 18 / 08. Some pieces are declined according to several silhouettes, which serve at all times of the meal. The fish knife, with a refined tip, or cutlery of smaller sizes suitable for starters and desserts, as well as smaller hands, are a good example.

The set is available in three colors, satin matte, polished and polished black. The latter finish is made possible by an innovative method, physical vapor deposition (which is a vacuum process), which involves projecting fine particles of metal, making it resistant to scratching.

A curious object that gives pride to our plates!

To learn more, visit the Maarten Baptist site

Photographs: DR

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