Maarten Van Severen studied architecture at Ghent art school and in 1986 began manufacturing furniture. In 1989 he produced his first wooden table; long, slim and pure in form. In 1990 he turned his attention to chairs. His work, hand-produced in his workshop in Ghent Belgium, reflects his quest for perfection in form, detail and fabrication. Maarten works in a variety of different materials: aluminium and plies to Bakelite and polyester. Van Severen is also frequently commissioned as a decorator and furniture designer for private residence projects, teamed with Rem Koolhaas. Since 1997 he has been involved in industrial productions for Target Lighting (U-Line lamp), Obumex (kitchen), Vitra (chair n°03), Edra (Blue Bench), BULO (Schraag).