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“And what if an ideal furniture would exist, like an ideal city, that would concentrate all qualities and all usages, like a strong core?”
Journalist Anne-Marie Fèvre suggest that the work of Muller Van Severen comes close to that ideal. Their latest work is a quest for intersections, fusing a table, a staircase, a lamp, a seat, a chaise longue and shelves in one functional composition.
In 2011 visual artists Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen decided to cross the lines of their individual disciplines -photography and sculpture- and embark on a mutual ‘furniture project’. Together they developed a series of unique design pieces, minimal in form and detailling but maximal in its usability and use of materials. Exactily these materials were the starting point of their investigations.
“whereas design mostly finds its origin in plasticity and form, we consider material to be the source from which a piece of furniture grows. We have made a selection of different coloured marble stones that we combine withe metal profiles and coloured polyethylene cutting boards. The colours-but also the patters in the marble stone- give the furniture movement, some kind of gracefulness. This makes every piece of unique furniture.”
The rigid black frames splashed with colourful infills prove to be successful antipodes. Design critic Hilde Bouchez points out,
“The combination of the materials and a minimal line game in the collection refers to the splendour of art deco and the directness of modernism. This contradiction proves to be harmonious.”
Muller Van Severen is not deliberately forging references but uses them to develop their own language.
“The image of minimalism is worn out. This furniture battles with minimalism an uses it at the same time. Details have been left out, everything has been reduced to the most simple technological solution and still result is very rich ornamentation.”