Minimalist lounge: Muller Van Severen’s furniture collection for a Spanish villa

4 modular sun lounge seats based on a grid structure, made of metallic net. two in grey, one in red and one in green. Photographed in a room with white walls and grey floor.
Belgian design pair Muller Van Severen have designed a collection of metal mesh furnishings. The series was created for architectural practice OFFICE KGDVS’s project, part of the Solo Houses development near Valencia, Spain
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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.’

A colourful oil painting with a man in a hat, green shirt and grey trousers and a woman in black top and blue jeans standing in a field with their reflections showing in a glass and mirror

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

(Image credit: TBC)

Red Modular lounge seating based on a grid structure, made of metallic net photographed in a room with white walls and grey floor.

The modular lounge seating is based on a grid structure, made of metallic net in both grey and bright shades of red and green

(Image credit: TBC)

Grey modular lounge seating based on a grid structure, made of metallic net photographed against a wall like structure made of metallic net in a room with white walls and grey floor.

‘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.’

(Image credit: TBC)

INFORMATION

'Muller Van Severen: Studies for the Office KGDVS Solo House' is on display until 25 June. For more information, visit the gallery's website (opens in new tab)

ADDRESS

Valerie Traan Gallery
Reynderstraat 12
2000 Antwerp
Belgium

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.