Maarten Van Severen
Maarten Van Severen, born 1956 in Antwerp, Belgium. He was the son of an abstract painter. He studied architecture at the Saint-Lucas Art Academy in Ghent, Belgium where he completed three years before... Read more going to work on interior design and furniture projects. Maarten Van Severen designed his first furniture pieces in 1986 and in the following year established an independent workshop, where he pursued the limited, semi-industrial production of his own furniture designs.
Maarten Van Severen's first furniture design was a long and slender steel table, it has since been recreated as an aluminium model, which has been further refined over the years. In 1989 he produced his first wooden table: long, slim and pure in form. In 1990 Maarten Van Severen turned his attention to chairs. Furniture manufacturer Vitra produced the first industrially produced chair by Maarten Van Severen, the .03 - this chair was novel in its combination of visually austere form with high-level seating comfort. Kartell produces Van Severen’s LCP Chaise ('Low Chair Plastic') a sculptural loop of clear or brightly coloured methacrylate joined with rubber buffers to allow gentle movement.
This unified process of design and production was a fundamental aspect of his work over a long period of time, in which he devoted himself to the examination of basic furniture types: chair, table, chaise longue, shelving, cabinet. He developed primary solutions for these categories based on a comprehensive exploration of the questions of form, material and construction.Read more
Maarten Van Severen Furniture Designs
.03 Chairs have a soft seat and backrest shell made of integral foam, with integrated leaf springs.
MVS Chaise's frame construction makes it easy to shift from a sitting to a lying position. Suitable for use outdoors.
Kast by Maarten Van Severen is modular storage, the base version of which is a sideboard.
A-Table can be used as a meeting table or dining table. The table legs can be individually height-adjusted.
.04 Task Chair with rocking mechanism for smooth transition from upright to reclined position and sideways.