- Maarten van Severen
We first shared the remarkably minimal MVS lounge chair back in 2013. 10 years on, it's time to shine a fresh light on this incredible design by Maarten van Severen. Originally designed back in 2000, the chair's resilient material adapts to the shape of the body and is quite soft and pleasantly pliable. The sleek and versatile frame structure makes it easy for users to alternate between a sitting and reclining position by simply shifting their weight.
Maarten van Severen studied architecture at the Art Academy in Ghent. He designed his first furniture pieces in 1986 and in the following year established an independent workshop, where he pursued the limited, semi-industrial production of his own furniture designs. The beginning of Maarten's collaboration with Vitra in 1996 offered him the opportunity to work with new materials and also brought a much wider degree of exposure and influence. Until his death in 2005, Maarten developed a range of new designs for Vitra, which have progressively entered series production.