Design! Muller Van Severen at Villa Cavrois
June 16, 2020 - October 31, 2020
Villa Cavrois:
60 Avenue du Président John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
59170 Croix, France

A 1930s modernist French villa, designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens, plays host to a retrospective of Muller Van Severen, the husband-and-wife design duo known for experimental furnishings that effortlessly explore the boundaries between disciplines. The estate turns out to be an ideal setting that brings out the most timeless qualities of the Belgian duo’s work: the Duo seat and lamp’s red tubular framework boldly contrasts a nearby marble-lined fireplace, and on the patio, yellow bricks play off the rational lines of gridded wire daybeds. The duo also debuts their first-ever sofa, called Sofa Cavrois, which curves upwards at two points, resembling a pair of chaises fused together. “Time becomes irrelevant in this project,” the pair says. “We want to create the poetic feeling that our objects could originate from the same time as the building, in the same way that the building itself feels very contemporary.”

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