ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen are the creative couple behind Belgian furniture design studio Muller Van Severen
Meet the creative couple behind Belgian furniture design studio Muller Van Severen
THE SAYING OPPOSITES ATTRACT certainly rings true for Belgian creative couple Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen. Fien is a photographer from a family of antique collectors. Hannes, a sculptor, comes from a prestigious line of painters and designers. She has a knack for making odd elements feel harmonious; he turns the familiar into the absurd. Together, they are Muller
Van Severen, a furniture collection of multi-use bookcases, chairs, tables and lamps that tread the line between functional design and art. Made from industrial materials in shades inspired by colour-coded chopping boards, the furniture began as an experiment, but has cemented their place in both the design and art worlds. Hannes admits there’s a hint of wit about their minimalist collections. “I like giving everyday objects a little twist so they become strange. Our work has straight lines, but what happens within those lines is playful.” Their home, just outside of Ghent in Belgium, has lots of space for their two daughters, along with a shed that they turned into a workshop. “We’ve managed to create our own little world,” Hannes says. “It’s the perfect combination of the studio and house. Of work and life. A place to sketch out and test ideas and grow as a family.” The couple relish the process of welding the prototypes (it’s just like sculpting) and past designs furnish their home, which Hannes renovated before they moved in. Each room is decorated with artworks made by loved ones, like a visual history of the couple’s family and friendships, and is further evidence that great design runs through their DNA. Not limited to large furniture pieces, they’re setting their sights on creating new objects – a cutlery set and salt and pepper mills that marry the everyday with the sculptural. A perfect match, you might say.
Living landscape The couple’s home is curated with their designs. The stainless steel Wire S chaise was a project designed for Office KGDVS.
Bold and bright Pot plants and colour liven up the entrance. The couple designed the marble box, while the bench came from a family friend.Welcome sign Above a Muller Van Severen chair is a sculpture Hannes made from mixed laminated materials.