10 Years Muller Van Severen
In Dialogue with the Collection
We are celebrating! The long awaited expansion of the museum is about to take place. Before the museum’s temporary closure, it is time to showcase the collection one last time through the eyes of the Ghent designer duo Muller Van Severen, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen have been working together since 2011 on an inspiring oeuvre of sculptural pieces of furniture and other objects. This first major exhibition in their home city celebrates this anniversary on two levels. At the request of Design Museum Gent the two designers set to work with the museum’s exceptional collection. Their intuitive and eclectic selection of approximately 100 collection items is ‘entering into a dialogue’ with their own work in a major installation on the ground floor of the museum. Their journey is highlighted through the eyes of 10 key figures who have influenced their development, against the backdrop of the museum’s historic rooms.
Muller Van Severen bio
Muller Van Severen was founded in 2011. With both Fien Muller (1978) and Hannes Van Severen (1979) being artists, it’s natural that the collection sits somewhere between design and art. The couple has been on an inspired quest for sculpturally interesting furniture objects, always including the space around it, and characterised by a careful research into their shared passion for art, architecture and materials. At the same time Muller Van Severen’s designs appear to be created almost intuitively and with total effortlessness. It looks as if the designers draw with crayons in space.
After winning countless awards and collaborating with prestigious museums (such as Vitra Museum, Centre Pompidou and Musée d’Art Decorative Paris) and galleries (Galerie Kreo, Side Gallery, Valerie Traan Gallery) worldwide, Muller Van Severen is considered to be one of the most image-defining European design teams of today. Their creations are globally identified in both private homes and public spaces. All of Muller Van Severen’s own production pieces are handmade by small-scale fabricators and skilled artisans, with an honesty to the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material.