Maarten Van Severen

Portrait of Maarten Van Severen Maarten Van Severen (* 1956 in Antwerp, Belgium; † 2005 in Ghent, Belgium), studied architecture at the Sint-Lucas Art Academy in Ghent, Belgium. He 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. 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. Beginning in 1990, Maarten Van Severen began to collaborate closely with Rem Koolhaas and also turned his attention to interior design tasks. During this period he also assumed teaching positions at a variety of institutions, including University College West Flanders in Kortrijk (1996), the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht (1996-97), Delft University of Technology (1998) and universities in Helsinki and Barcelona. The beginning of his collaboration with Vitra in 1996 marked a new phase in his career, not least because It offered him the opportunity to work with new materials and production processes. The most important and successful piece from Van Severen's time with Vitra is his chair .03. Additionally, Van Severen's work with Vitra brought him more exposure and lead to collaborations with other important producers, for example his lounger LCP for Kartell. His relationship with Vitra remained, however, the most important and Van Severn's last designs for the company, including Kast and .07, were presented in Milan two months after his untimely death.

MVS Chaise
.03 Black

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