Born in Antwerp in 1956, Maarten Van Severen spent most of his career as a furniture maker. After attending the Art Academy in Ghent to study architecture, Van Severen made his first piece of furniture in 1986. A year later he developed his own furniture workshop in Ghent, combining hand-produced work along with semi-industrial production. In 1990 Van Severen partnered with Rem Koolhaas to work on the Villa dall’Ava outside of Paris. Design collaborations extended to lighting design for Target in 1997, as well as furniture pieces for Vitra in 1996. Van Severen concentrates his work on refining the design of basic furniture pieces, the chair, the table, the chaise lounge, as well as shelving and cabinetry.