The Moooi Smoke Armchair by Maarten Baas is a perfectly executed exercise in classic design elegance. Every square inch of this visually captivating armchair will hold those who see it enthralled. This chair will hold a commanding presence in any room its place in and will easily overwhelm the sight of lackluster furniture. To integrate this chair into a full rooms design you will need to pair it with other strong furniture choices. Luckily, the Moooi line has more pieces for you to add to your home. This chair is perfectly detailed with no area spared a full treatment of attention.
Designed by Maarten Baas, a German designer who created the Smoke collection for Dutch label MOOOI. His pieces have been bought by museums and collectors such as Lidewij Edelkoort and Philippe Starck. In 2009, Maarten was named Designer of the Year by Design Miami.
It has all the classic details you would expect from a design by Baas. Furniture tacks line the striking black leathers seams and the back is gathered for a cushion effect. The wood trim is as exquisitely carved as you would expect but here lies this chairs unique feature. The wood trim is actually a burned finished. Not just a paint job to make it look burned, this is genuinely torched for a finish like no other.
The burned finish adds a uniqueness to the Moooi that takes it to a whole new level of quality. The rich black leather combines with the black burnt wood for a piece that gives the user a sensation that cannot be had anywhere else. Its the seamless combination of destruction and creation that places this piece on a pedestal far above your average arm chair. The fact that this was made with every thought turned toward quality takes what could have come off as a gimmick and turns it into a statement. A statement that you would be sure to be proud of having displayed in your own home.