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Although Muller Van Severen presented their first furniture in 2011, it wasn’t until 2012 that they designed furniture to sit on. “That year we were appointed to do a solo exhibition at Interieur Kortrijk called Future Primitives." Fien explains. “It was a pretty big show. We had sixty square meters to fill but realized we had no objects to sit on. Thus we decided to make some."
Not only did the show lead to Muller Van Severen’s definite breakthrough into the design world, it pushed them to come up with seats that would later become icons. “We thought of creating seats that consist of a leather cloth spanning between two horizontal bars of the steel frame of the furniture”, Hannes explains. “The seat might be big, it’s also very transparent. Just like with our other furniture, the background still plays a role in the image. We don’t cover the room up”.
Unlike a massive sofa that sheaths a part of the interior, the duo seat ensures lightness and visual clarity. The seating is made from a linen fabric seating that comes in 2 color combinations (red/pink and blue/green). And although it may look uncomfortable to some, the duo seat actually sits quite nicely. “Don’t be afraid: it’s comfortable”, Fien smiles. “We’re more occupied with functionality than most people would think”.
- Muller Van Severen, Belgium (2012)
- Made in Belgium
- Powder coated steel frame in mustard with linen in blue and green
- Length 180cm / 71"
- Height 61cm / 24"
- Depth 60cm / 23.6"
- Weight 23kg / 51lbs
Muller van Severen
Muller Van Severen was founded in the early Spring of 2011. With both Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen being artists, it’s natural that the collection sits somewhere between design and art. The couple has been on an inspired quest for sculpturally interesting furniture objects, always including the space around it, and characterized by a careful research into their shared passion for art, architecture and materials. At the same time Muller Van Severen’s designs appear to be created almost intuitively and with total effortlessness. It looks as if the designers draw with crayons in space.
Valerie Objects is an Antwerp-based design label initiated by Axel van den Bossche (CEO of Serax) and art director Veerle Wenes (owner of the Valerie Traan gallery, Antwerp), combining their professional and personal tastes for all things good and beautiful.
Although valerie_objects has outgrown its life as a side-project and has become a young but mature global design platform, the philosophy remains the same: presenting everyday tools and objects that have a unique appearance.
Valerie Objects understands the designer’s drive to develop a durable signature style, as well as the consumer’s desire to connect with a patiently selected object. the label stands for unique yet accessible creations, designed for daily use. many owners develop a special relationship with their chosen object; they get more attached to it as it becomes part of their personal story.