Maarten Van Severen
Maarten Van Severen was a Belgian furniture designer and interior architect. 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. He came from an artistic family - his father was the abstract painter Dan Van Severen while his brother, Fabian Van Severen, is also a designer. He started collaborating with Vitra in 1996 which 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. Until his death in 2005 in Ghent, Maarten Van Severen developed a range of new designs for Vitra, which have progressively entered series production.
Van Severen's Vitra .04 Office chair is very different from conventional swivel chairs for the office - unique design. Its flexible shell is comfortable to sit on and pleasantly yielding to the back. Its new rocking mechanism allows for a smooth transition from the sitting to the reclining position and for gentle sideways movements.
The aesthetic trademark of .03 is its clear simple lines – the quintessence of the concept "less is more". Only when the user sits down does he experience its great comfort. The soft seat and backrest shell made of integral foam support the body when sitting, together with the leaf springs integrated into the backrest. This is the non-stacking version.