5 June 1956, Antwerp, Belgium- birth day and place of Maarten Van Severen, a famous furniture designer whom we owe some of the best contemporary designs. Because we like him and receive many requests for his works, today we celebrate him in a new blog post of “Our famous Designers” category.
Maarten Van Severen studied architecture at Ghent art school, completed three years and then went to work in various agencies on interior design and furniture projects. 1986 is the year when he started to make furniture. The first design was a simple, solid oak table, the purest form of table with well-balanced proportions and formal simplicity.
Do you know the chairs in most McDonald’s restaurants? They are called .03 chairs and are an icon of 20th-century design, as design specialists say. A key characteristic of the .03 chair is the way in which the back, seat and legs are one fluid line.
Another of his most appreciated designs is Kast Storage, on which Van Severen worked on during the last few months of his life. Kast Storage is modular in structure, the base version of which is a sideboard. Van Severen paid special attention to the colour for the sliding doors and the elegant and classical proportions. Van Severen also created exhibition stands of steel shelving for use at shows and trade fairs.
Unfortunately, Maarten Van Severen died of cancer in 2005, at a too young age. Three years later, his family and friends founded The Maarten Van Severen Foundation, a non-profit organisation which “manages his entire artistic legacy, making it accessible and keeping it alive”. Out of Après‘ partnership with Vitra, we try to promote his work and recognise his great designs.