Award-winning designer duo Muller Van Severen have been creating inspired domestic artifacts since 2011. Modern art photographer Fien Muller and artist/designer Hannes Van Severen produce furniture that is sculptural, spare and playful. Their WireS# range (pictured above and below) featured in the 25th Biennale Interieur Kortrijk at Valerie Traan in Belgium in 2016. The hashtag at the end of its name references the grid-like structure of the inox wire netting from which the furniture is made.
Invited to provide lighting and furniture for a large, architect-built holiday home South of Barcelona, Muller Van Severen produced WireS#. Imposing and gorgeous as it looks, it also looks a little uncomfortable — wire mesh is not usually the first material of choice for loungers and settees. However, the artists were inspired by its potential:
“The discovery of this, for us, new material (inox wire net with squares of 2×2 cm), inspired us and incentivized us to the creation of a whole new world in which we could conceive landscapes and sculptures, and in which color gets an important place. We also love the fact that this furniture needs to be dressed up by the users with plaids, blankets, sheepskins…” says Hannes Van Severen.
WireS# can be used either indoors or outdoors. Produced in four colors — green, white, red and grey — the pieces blend into their surroundings, they filter the light and they have a delicate yet solid presence in their space. In fact, you need space and plenty of it to do them justice, preferably inside an architectural dream of modernist living. Failing that, an art gallery would be ideal, too.
Muller Van Severen gain their inspiration from the materials they use, like the aluminum from which they construct their Alu chair and square, the round S table and the aluminum stackable chair. Again, the furniture can be used inside or outside of the home because it is weatherproof and lightweight, so it’s easy to move around either in or out:
“We‘ve been intrigued with the different ways of colouring and treating the surfaces of the aluminum. We like industrial references so we used hammer blow finishing paint. You often see this paint applied on mechanical equipment, machines or laboratory equipment. It’s textured and therefore ideal to cover up bumps in metal. It’s UV-resistant and water-repellent so all these pieces can be used outside,” says Muller Van Severen.
Their work is available worldwide at Antwerp, Belgium-based gallery, label and online shop Valerie Objects, who work with international designers to bring their artworks into the public arena:
“The aim is to translate the signature works of these creative minds into tangible objects. Pride of place will always go to authentic thinkers, to pieces that have been carefully thought about, designed and fashioned by intelligent hands. Valerie_objects is actively looking for those objects that already exist, but which have not yet seen the light of day,” according to the Valerie Objects website.