Flat Cabinets
Wednesday 17 Aug 2016

Designed by Michiel Martens for Baars & Bloemhoff

Lex Pott, Studio Mieke Meijer, De Intuïtiefabriek, Visser & Meijwaard, OS ? OOS and Michiel Martens were the designers approached by Baars & Bloemhoff for their project ‘Transitions'. For this exposition they were challenged to design a collection based on the wide range of decorative materials from Baars & Bloemhoff's assortment. The idea of presenting their materials in a completely different context was a great success during the last Dutch Design Week. Due to this success Baars & Bloemhoff was proud to present the work of these young exciting Dutch Designers on an even bigger platform during the Salone del Mobile this year. They asked De Intuïtiefabriek to create a totally new exposition design to give this diverse collection an international stage abroad.

Michiel Martens used the metal laminates of German specialist Homapal. ‘The simplest structural form is a fold; applying a fold to a piece of paper, for instance, lends it greater sturdiness. This was the angle from which I approached the metal laminates from Homapal. Introducing folds and interconnecting various surfaces gave rise to a robust structure. Due to its thickness of just 1 millimetre, one would normally connect Homapal metal laminate on a support material, such as MDF or plywood. But here I'm showing a new use for the material, fully independent', says Martens

About the material
Homapal has developed from a specialist in laminates with real metal surfaces to one of the trending global manufacturers of special laminates. Thanks to their ranges Metal, Holz, Arti-Pelam and Magnetic Boards which are continuously developed and adapted in line with the latest interior trends.

Homapal uses thinly rolled foils of aluminium, copper, brass and stainless steel to produce their metal laminates. Using a special embossing technique, the surfaces are furnished with different structures and pressed onto a hard HPL core. For a more personal touch, some of the decors are then finished by hand. The result: laminates with real metal surfaces which create a broad range of finishes; from cool to warm, luxurious or modern and many more beyond.

About the designer
As a young designer, Michiel Martens is pushing the boundaries at Studio Martens by producing unique and playful products. He researches the possibilities with different materials and combines quality, experiment and function. Designing interiors, offices and exhibitions for commissions, his work stands out in strong visual images focussing on good quality, material, form and use.




Photo Credit: Raw Color - www.rawcolor.nl