Muller Van Severen – A Furniture Project
Muller Van Severen is the name of a furniture project collaboration between Fien Muller (photographer) and Hannes Van Severen (artist).
The pieces include clear-cut storage boxes, tables, racks and lamps and have a clear reference to the works of Donald Judd and the Bauhaus Movement. The Muller Van Severen Collection is extremely simple and cut into the bone and explores the lush adornment in their completion and combination.
The designers explain, “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 will combine with brass and coloured polyethylene cutting boards. The colours – but also the patterns in the marble stone – give the furniture movement, some kind of gracefulness. This makes every piece of furniture unique.”
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.
“As to form or proportion we do not add anything; the rich marble or the vibrant colours of the synthetic material create a contrast with the tight form. The image of minimalism is worn out. This furniture battles with minimalism and uses it at the same time. Details have been left out, everything has been reduced to the most simple technological solution and still the result is very rich in ornamentation.”
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