.02 and .03 – The Birth of a Maarten van Severen Chair

Maarten van Severen

Maarten van Severen – LCP Mehdi Chtourou from AlICe lab on Vimeo.

I’m a huge fan of the late Maarten van Severen. So when I read on FaceBook that it just closed after having received 18.334 visitors I felt I had dissappointed myself. Despite my note to self I had not visited the exhibition in Ghent, Belgium, where the history of only one chair, the .03 by Maarten van Severen was displayed. I commented on FB if I would have had time to visit, I would have been visitor number 18335. Then the comment came back there will be a new chance to visit the same exhibition in Turnhout, Belgium, soon. Hurray!

The exhibition was initiated by the Van Severen Foundation and features the development of just this one chair. The video shows interviews with Maarten’s wife, with the manufacturer of the .02 chair, the direct predecessor of the .03 and with Rolf Fehlbaum, who put the .03 on the map with Vitra.

I had to share this intro with you.


Blue Bench by Maarten van Severen

Blue Bench by Maarten van Severen

Blue Bench

Talking about Maarten Van Severen…this Blue Bench was for sale at Wright in 2008:

BB97 Blue Bench
Belgium, 1997/1999
polyurethane foam and coating, aluminum, plastic
78.75 w x 48 d x 21 h inches

Sold with a copy of the original invoice from Edra.

This work was ordered directly from Maarten van Severen at the Interieur 98 biennale in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Literature: Maarten Van Severen: Werken|Work, Bucquoye and Daenens, ppg. 151, 196, 254

Estimate: $10,000–15,000

Via Live Auctioneers

Maarten van Severen in Design Museum Gent

Note to self: From November 20, 2010 till February 27, 2011

.03 Maarten Van Severen featured in Design Museum Gent, Belgium

2009 saw the creation of The Maarten Van Severen Foundation. One of its objectives consists of stimulating initiatives and creating partnerships in order to keep the work of Van Severen alive.
The exhibition Maarten Van Severen .03 fits into this intention.
Using various models, prototypes, drawings and photographs, the development of the .03, the chair with which Maarten Van Severen gained international acclaim, is outlined.

Logo Refreshed, Social Buttons added

It’s almost autumn. Sometimes when I was staring at the old logo, I found it a little bit too dark and a bit too depressing for autumn. Therefor I’ve decided to refresh it. Off course there is a Maarten van Severen Chair in the logo. This time my new muse is his MVS Chaise

So let’s say “Good Bye” to the old logo.

I’ve also added some social media buttons in the sidebar:

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LCP Lounge Chair by Maarten van Severen

I found this image of the LCP Lounge Chair by Maarten van Severen at Hive, an interesting Portland, USA, based chair distributor.

LCP – “Low Chair Plastic” – is a fitting name for this low lounge chair. Created with a single piece of molded transparent plastic which spirals around itself to form a radically innovative seat. Thanks to an exclusive technology, LCP is elastic, soft and resistant in spite of its light and transparent appearance.

This one is made by Kartell in Italy while most other chairs by Maarten van Severen, one of my favorite chair designers, are made by Vitra in Germany/Switzerland

About Hive

Hive was founded in 2002 with the idea that Good Design can and should be presented in an inspired, knowledgeable and friendly manner.

From humble beginnings fueled primarily on inspiration, hive has grown to inhabit its own free-standing building in the Pearl District, Portland’s most upscale urban neighborhood. We are proud to be an authorized retailer for Alessi, Artemide, Artifort, Carl Hansen, Cassina, Flos, Kartell, Knoll & Vitra to name just a few. hive has been noted in national magazines such as Dwell, Index, In Style, Lucky and Western Interiors magazines.