Muller Van Severen: a furniture project by Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen

I first became aware of Muller Van Severen when they were nominated for Design of the Year 2013 at the Design Museum on London, UK. The furniture and lighting pieces are extremely distinctive and have an incredible timeless feel to them that it is almost a surprise to learn that these have only been around since 2011.

Like some kind of cartoon or futuristic film set, the furniture by Muller Van Severen almost appears to be a pointless piece of ‘design art’ from the mid-2000s but you would be very foolish to dismiss their ideas as this.


Visual artists Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen (yes, his father is Maarten Van Severen, designer of the iconic chairs for Vitra) 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.






“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. 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.”

A wonderful result is created where conversation and utility is created out of the smallest detail, a really inspiring piece of work.


Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.