MVS Cutting Boards Green, Yellow, Brown, Pink
The MVS Cutting Boards Green, Yellow, Brown, Pink might resemble a postmodern or Memphis portrait of a garden. But make no mistake: these polyethylene boards are made to be used. Each member of the quartet boasts its own faceted shape, saturated hue, and helpful size. The diminutive pink can accommodate patches of strawberries waiting to be hulled, while the verdant and expansive green board might welcome a field of vegetables to be readied for crudite. And when they’re finished serving, the boards form their own an abstract expression on kitchen walls when hung (and re-arranged) on a stamped brass peg-cum-wall text. Photographer Fien Mueller and sculptor Hannes Van Severen bring their graphic sensibility — utilizing a keen eye for composition, form, and light and shadow and a strong sense of material possibility — out of the gallery and into the kitchen for a line of accessories that are true works of art.
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Belgian duo Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen began working together in 2011. As artists, Muller being a photographer and Van Severen being a sculptor, they are best known for their simple geometric lines and appreciation of materials. Their distinct minimalism has birthed a furniture collection under their combined name, Muller Van Severen, that speaks to art and the function of design.
With materials as the starting point, Muller Van Severen has a fondness for mediums like polyethylene and brass-- both that are used frequently in their works, including the sculpturally interesting four piece Cutting and Serving Boards.
The couple have been on a quest to characterize their works by 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.
After winning awards and collaborating with prestigious museums and galleries worldwide, including a group show at the Galerie Kreo in 2014, Muller Van Severen continues to explore the boundaries between art and design in a contemporary and innovative way. All of Muller Van Severen’s own production pieces are handmade with an honesty to the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material.
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