alu chair by Muller Van Severen
The alu chair was originally designed as an outdoor chair for Anne Holtrop’s Bahrain pavillion for Expo 2015 (World Fair) in Milan. Seeing that it is made of aluminum, it is quite lightweight and suited for both indoor and outdoor use thanks to the treatment with beeswax and a uv protective lacquer.
“Choosing the colors was hard for this chair”, says Fien. These chairs are painted in a powder coating, meaning we could choose any color we wanted”. In the end Muller Van Severen chose sixteen color combinations which is a larger number than they usually work with. “This multiplicity of colors makes it look extra fun”, says Hannes. “You can actually create a landscape of colors”. “The colors of the chair really determine the atmosphere of the space”, Fien adds. “You can create a very playful or a rather serious environment”.
round table S by Muller Van Severen
“Two circles and a tube: that’s all there is to it”. For the round table S, Muller Van Severen designed a sober and basic object that excels in details and finishing. There are no visible traces of welding and the table top consists of full aluminum, adding a vastness to this piece of furniture. In contrast to the minimalistic form, the table top is lacquered with a hammered coating. “That’s an old technique used for mainly industrial tools and machines”, Fien explains. “It covers the imperfections. We’re actually quite old fashioned.” (laughs) “No really, we often try to implement old techniques in our new design”. The hammerpaint coating gives the table top a rusty texture. To further balance the aesthetic, Muller Van Severen decided to offer this table in just three versions; manually grinded aluminum protected with beeswax and two subdued colors, hammerpaint blue and hammerpaint green. All suited for both indoor and outdoor use. Too serious? Not at all. The vibrance and the playfulness of the surrounding alu chairs evens it out.
alu square by Muller Van Severen
Once designed for the Marcel Breuer Building of The Metropolitain Museum in New York, Muller Van Severen’s alu square is a lightweight aluminum bench or side table that opens up a lot of possibilities. “We designed a shape that offers different interesting ways of putting the benches together, creating different sorts of structures in the room”, Hannes says. “We had a museum in mind, you know.” Yet the alu square bench doesn’t need a museum to feel at home. It can be put anywhere, inside as well as outside. Seeing that the design consists of nothing more than three aluminum plates, visions of minimalism cross the mind. ‘Create a maximum effect with a minimum of action’, the minimalists once claimed. This adagium fits the alu square’s profile. With only three colors used — aluminium, hammerpaint green and hammerpaint blue — this is a more subdued item within the Muller Van Severen range.