Maarten Van Severen, 2005 The matching color sliding doors on the front and back are the most striking feature of Maarten Van Severen's Kast storage unit. It is available in three heights. The low sideboard version, more than two and a half meters long, gives off a very pa... read more
Maarten Van Severen, 2005
The matching color sliding doors on the front and back are the most striking feature of Maarten Van Severen's Kast storage unit. It is available in three heights. The low sideboard version, more than two and a half meters long, gives off a very particular elegance. The stainless steel legs can be adapted separately to uneven floors.
The basic version of Kast, a storage unit with a modular structure, is a simple sideboard. In the half-height version, a second basic module is placed over the first to create a combination of shelf and wall cabinet. Finally, the high version incorporates two simple elements of more resistant wood. Maarten Van Severen gave special importance to the colors of the sliding doors, which underline the elegant proportions of Kast and give it a cheerful touch ...
Maarten Van Severen was born in 1956 in Antwerp (Belgium). He studied Architecture at the Art School of Ghent. In 1986 he designed his first furniture. In 1987 he opens a workshop where he designs furniture and manufactures them in a semi-industrial way in limited series.
For a long time, the combination of design and production is one of the essential bases of his work, which is characterized by a few types of elementary furniture, such as the chair, the table, the lounger, the bookcase and the wardrobe. For these furniture, Maarten Van Severen creates again and again elementary solutions that are always based on extensive formal research on issues of configuration, material and structure.
Since 1990, Maarten Van Severen has worked closely with Rem Koolhaas and is involved in tasks related to interior architecture. In addition, he holds various teaching positions: in 1996 at the University of Kortrijk, in 1996 and 1997 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, in 1998 at the Technical University of Delft and in 2000 at the Universities of Helsinki and Barcelona.
The collaboration with Vitra, which began in 1996, marks a change in his career. It allows you to use new materials and provides an impact hitherto unknown. Until his death in 2005 in Ghent, Maarten Van Severen is working on a series of new designs for Vitra that, since then, have been progressively moving into series production.