Designer and founder of JOINE product development, Maarten Baptist (1976) has an affinity with food and a keen 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. A tiny detail will often be off-key, making his pieces charmingly different. ‘I try to keep a sense of wonder alive about the things around me and I translate that wonder into my products.’ Fresh yet organic shapes pervade his work, bringing a sense of timelessness to each piece. In order to keep an open mind, Baptist established a studio where ‘anything can happen’, and decided against having his own private workshop. Instead, he collaborates with the craftsmen or industries that he considers fit a particular project’s needs.