Antwerp’s Valerie Traan gallery presents a new collection of furniture by Belgian design couple Muller Van Severen. The series of furnishings was created by the pair for one of architectural practice OFFICE KGDVS's projects, part of the Solo Houses development near Valencia, Spain.
For the project, Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen have created a series of modular lounge seating based on a grid structure, made of metallic net in both grey and bright shades of red and green. The furniture pieces, say the designers, ‘look like a curled up mattress or a sheet of paper, waiting for someone to lie down.’ With these objects, the pair explain, they wanted to pay tribute to the openness of the house.
Structured like a circular loop, the villa features glass walls that allow viewers to peek into the forest outside, or into the inner courtyard and pond. The accompanying furniture celebrates these features, acting as micro-architectures that celebrate the transparency of the place. The collection is a variation on the design studio’s minimalist theme, which gets a makeover with new materials that give a completely novel look to their essential shapes. ‘The discovery of this new material,’ explain the designers, talking about the metal mesh which composes the objects ‘inspired us to establish a new world of landscapes and sculptures that also holds a place for colour. We love the idea that you can dress up our furniture with blankets or a sheepskin.’