MULLER VAN SEVEREN CUTLERY - VALERIE OBJECT
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BY VALERIE OBJECT
Muller Van Severen, the design couple that is renowned for their highly stylised objects and playful colours, has designed a beautiful set of cutlery consisting of a knife, a fork and two spoons. The tableware looks simple, functional and uncompromisingly ‘Muller Van Severen’.
The simpler the object appears, the harder it is to make: that’s the golden rule of minimalist design. For this project it was no different. ‘It took us three years to create a prototype that could be manufactured’, Hannes Van Severen says. The predicament was the special handle which consists of a coloured metal plate on top of the shaft, creating a separated layer of colour. ‘The trouble was: how do you stick that layer on the shaft? You can’t just glue it’. After extensive research the problem was solved by meticulously welding the handle from the inside, thus avoiding any visual disturbance on the outside. Muller Van Severen’s cutlery is completely free of any unnecessary curves or fringes yet maintains a frivolous and playful appearance. That is due to the soft forms and the striking metal layers on the handles in blue, copper, brass and steel. ‘The colour pallet we chose is sober and playful at the same time’, Fien Muller explains. ‘If you choose for a set in one colour, your table arrangements remain sober. But if you combine colours, you’ll get a playful set’.
The cutlery set of Muller Van Severen adds another item to their unique design universe.
Showed during the Milan Design Week (17-22 of April) at the gallery of the world-famous design connoisseur Rossana Orlandi