Maarten Van Severen
Maarten Van Severen was born 1956 in Antwerp and studied architecture at the Sint-Lucas Art Academy in Ghent, Belgium. He went on to establish an independent workshop 1987, where he pursued the limited, semi-industrial production of his own furniture designs. The beginning of his collaboration with Vitra in 1996 marked a new phase in his career. It offered him the opportunity to work with new materials and also brought a much wider degree of exposure and influence to his designs such as the MVS Chais, designed in 2002.