muller van severen
Muller van severen (BE) has been on an inspired quest for sculpturally interesting furniture objects since 2011 – items that are spontaneous and produced with apparent effortlessness. The universe that they create together dovetails very naturally with their work as separate artists.
Muller van severen is the first artist duo signed to valerie_objects. A broad selection of their work has now been collected and available world wide.
TheAlfredCollection is the label of Belgian textile designers Marie Mees and Cathérine Biasino.
After fruitful careers as freelance designers, honored with an Henri van de Velde label in 2008 for their work for ARTE, they decided to start their own textile brand in 2009 which quickly got picked up by magazines such as Wallpaper, Damn and Elle. Marie and Cathérine have been working together since 1997 and share a love for natural fabrics, durable design and minimalist aesthetics. Regarding these three parameters, no compromises are being made.
Apart from their collaboration with valerie_objects, Marie and Cathérine have been working with renowned architects such as John Pawson, Marie-José Vanhee and Robbrecht & Daem. Marie and Cathérine both live and work in Ghent.
Maarten Baas (Germany) is a Dutch independent designer. Baas is often described as a so-called auteur designer, whose objects are between art and design. Baas is considered as one of the most influential Dutch designers of the beginning of the 21st century.
His work is known as rebellious, humorous, intellectual, theatrical, and artistic. He has carved out an autonomous place in the design world for himself, where he works in several areas: limited editions, production, installations, public space, architecture, interior, decors and performances. His work can be found in leading museum collections such as the MoMa, Victoria & Albert, Les Arts Decoratifs, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Die Neue Sammlung, Stedelijk Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
Since 2005, Maarten Baas has been working together with his production partner Bas den Herder. Most of the work is done under his supervision in the “DHPH” studio in Gewande, nearby ’s-Hertogenbosch.
Baas was named the ‘Designer of the Year’ by Design Miami in 2009, and held a big retrospective in Miami. According to design journalist Chris Reinewald, Baas belongs to a group of Dutch designers such as Ted Noten who, after Droog and the ‘conceptual approach,’ have adopted a nearly cabaret-style approach to design, ‘free from all marketing demands of the industry.’ Baas wants to be as independent as possible in his work and keep far from mass production.
Based in Japan, Koichi Futatsumata's design activities include a broad range from interior, architecture, furniture to product design. He is the founder of both "CASE-REAL" a firm centered on space design, and "KOICHI FUTATSUMATA STUDIO" which focuses on objects. His designs have been included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and other public collections, and has received numerous awards. Various projects ranging from architecture to products are currently ongoing from his list of both domestic and international clients. While realizing the functional aspect of design, Futatsumata is always exploring new esthetics, forms and ideas.
Chris Kabel (NL) was born in Bloemendaal, the Netherlands, in 1975. He graduated in 2001 from the Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2002 he moved to Rotterdam where he started his design practice. He works with design labels, architects, cultural institutions and design galleries. His designs are in the collections of MoMa New York and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
DD Trans (BE) belongs to the same generation of artists such as Honoré d’0, Wim Delvoye, Michel François and Ann Veronica Janssens. He made his debut with a group exhibition, which was put together by Dirk Snauwaert in 1990 in CC Gildhof in Tielt. He was picked up ever so quickly by the trendsetting Richard Foncke Gallery in Ghent. In 2005 he chucked his artistry in, to prepare his comeback in 2014.
DD Trans is a pseudonym borrowed from a haulage company that has gone out of business in the meantime. As the name suggests, the artist works round the notion of transformation: everyday, household objects are taken out of their context and turned into art works with a minor surgical operation. The result is formal at times, or poetic or humorous at other times – but the approach is always minimalist.
The artist draws inspiration from strolling through do-it-yourself shops. His vocabulary comprises in particular paper towel, scrubbing brushes and floor squeegees. The work ties in with the living environment of René Heyvaert (1929 – 1984), an artist who was also represented by the Richard Foncke Gallery, although DD Trans became familiar with Heyvaert’s work only later.
ROBBRECHT EN DAEM ARCHITECTEN
Robbrecht en Daem architecten (BE) was established in 1975 by Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem. The agency has created and completed a diverse range of projects. The interplay between architectural design and the visual arts is a unifying theme in their body of work. They designed structures for performing arts and music halls. Even their scientific-technical designs, like the laboratories, juxtapose constructions with contemporary art. Robbrecht en Daems architecture establishes a contemporary and humane position, with constructions making statements in a broad cultural context of science and art. Since 2002 Johannes Robbrecht joined the team, he is partner since 2012. Robbrecht en Daem architects is now an office with 35 employees.
Studio Wieki Somers
Wieki Somers and Dylan van den Berg (NL) studied at Design Academy Eindhoven in the late ’90s. In 2003, they established Studio Wieki Somers, which is focussed on providing an enlightened reading of the everyday environment. The studio’s oeuvre distinguishes itself by a sensitivity for materials, technological inginuity, and fantasy. The designers work for a great variety of international manufacturers, museums and galleries, and have established an intensive relationship with Galerie Kreo in Paris. They have received numerous awards and their works are part of major museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Jinhyun Jeon (KR/NL) held interest in joint perception, which is when one of senses carries the ability of other senses. On her sensory project - Tableware as Sensorial Stimuli, Sensory Appetiser & Catalyst, based on the experimental research - explores by engaging with synesthetic effects as a source of design insight, which impacts on latent sensory ability and challenges social thought pattern. Jinhyun Jeon aims to create a path to new ways of perceiving in the process of design to engineering emotional experiences and gains insight into the intuitive. It would cross over genres in the fields of design, food & art, and neurology or more.
Studio Simple (BE) stands for objects/projects who have a clear relation with simplicity and time. Local production and resources; hence a combination of what can be found nearby and something new, focusing on design footprint awareness. Simplicity ensures the clear communication between the object and the user. Simplicity is also their way to approach aesthetics and technology.