Born of necessity and function, Rack + Table by Muller Van Severen contrasts tight form with vibrant colour
Rack + Table elaborates on their interest in how an object, and the space it sits in, is used and how a piece of furniture can have more than one use - if you have books on a shelving unit, then you might need a flat surface to look through them, or if you are working at the table there might be reference books to hand. It was designed not as an attempt to innovate, but rather was born from a logical necessity.
The frame is made of slim L-section brass with shelves of 20mm thick chopping board material with their 'found colours'.
The distinction between art and design narrows when the intention of the creators is not to produce one or the other, but to just create and live. This was very much the case with Muller Van Severen's first collection.
Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen are the couple behind the moniker. Two Belgian visual artists whose collaborative furniture project began as an experiment for Antwerp based Valerie Traan gallery. Their unique approach to furniture as 'landscapes for living' garnered...