With a BFA in Set & Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon University, Baseman moved to NYC, building models and decorating sets for the original Broadway productions of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound. Other favorite projects include Liebeslieder Walzer and A Schubertiad, both choreographed by Peter Martins for New York City Ballet. Recently, Baseman served as Resident Set Designer at Ars Nova Theatre in New York City.
Baseman's lifelong passion for collecting and selling antiques began at an early age and continues to inspire his design work today. He is the author of The Scarf (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), the classic illustrated art book chronicling the history of the printed scarf that reflects both his expertise and love of textiles. His blog, Past Imperfect: The Art of Inventive Repair, was featured in a cover story in The New York Times Home & Garden section. It chronicles his world-renowned collection of antiques with inventive repairs, also known as "make-do's".