FUTURE PRIMITIVES INTERIEUR DESIGN BIENNALE (2012)
OCT 20-28 2012
On the occasion of the 2012 Interieur design Biennale of Kortrik in Belgium, design duo Muller Van Severen were asked to create an installation in response to the theme Furture Primitives. The pair proposed a series of multi-functional furniture designs composed of soft leather seats hanging between colourful plastic shelves: shelving units in various heights and configurations, some with seats like deck chairs draped into their frames, as well as standing and hanging lamps, separate chairs and loungers. The choice to design furniture that combine serval basic functions in one object, was a projection of the designer’s vision that in the future we will all live in smaller places, and thus have less room for furniture.
Almost always using material as a starting point to their design process, the pairs response to the proposal Future Primitive naturally began with what they saw as primitive and basic materials consequently used to create primitive forms, futurized by combing various functions to each piece.
"The choice to design furniture that combine serval basic functions in one object, was a projection of the designer’s vision that in the future we will all live in smaller places"
The resulting objects were seen to be “timeless”. Strong, and simple materials were selected such as tubular steel and leather. The tubular steel was left unpainted to retain the raw light reflected from the steel.
The use of polyethylene plates for the shelving units, was a continuation of the pairs desire to use integrally coloured materials, when working with colour, in which colour penetrates to the very core of the object. Such was the case with the polyethylene, a material traditionally used in the catering industry for food, all colours are used for one purpose, yellow poultry, blue fish, green vegetables, red for meat etc. For the furniture collection, the designers extracted every colour available from this material, creating bold impression when the combination of colours was seen together. Pieces on display included Rack + Seat, Writing desk, and Duoseat + Lamp, all of which are sold by Side Gallery.