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Belgium Week: Maarten Van Severen

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Belgium Week: Maarten Van Severen

Janet Hall February 01, 2008

Belgian-born Maarten van Severen, who worked with architect Rem Koolhaas and designed pieces for Vitra, Edra, Kartell, and Alessi, was one of the most acclaimed designers of his generation. He was a proponent of strict minimalism and created furniture and objects that were highly engineered yet deceptively simple in appearance. Regrettably, he died at age 48 in 2005.

Below: Van Severn’s Kast 1 large storage unit for Vitra, with adjustable tubular steel legs, extruded anodized aluminum shelves, lacquered pine laminate, and powder-coated aluminum sliding doors; $10,695 at Unica Home.


Below: Kast low storage, $4,345 at Hive Modern.


Below: Severen’s tables are deceptively pure in form and proportion. A-table in stainless steel; $6,195 at Unica Home.


Below: Solid oak table, with inverse edges and concealed metal supports for stability and lightness; $6,875 at Unica home.

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