Lensvelt Installation by OMA

Additional rooms appear to recede into the wall in the background.

Dutch furniture manufacturer Lensvelt summoned OMA to design an installation for a collection of work by the late designer Maarten Van Severen. Currently on display at Ventura Lambrate, a series of rooms drawn in perspective recede into the backdrop for the First Series of furniture by the Flemish designer. Alternating splices of photography and graphics produce a 3 dimensional environment which recreates the studio of the late designer. Chairs and tables complete the experiential hybrid scene.

Rem Koolhaas, Maarten Van Severen and Lensvelt had a longstanding collaboration for landmark architectural projects in the past, including the Seattle Public Library, Maison a Bordeax in France, Dutch Embassy in Berlin and Casa da Musico in Porto which resulted in a seating system for a music hall capable of accomodating 1200 visitors. Koolhaas remembers, 'Doing things together was exciting. That doesn’t happen to me very often. Working with Maarten was therefore also a sort of important moment in my own professional life. I knew I could rely on Maarten. He could create something that on one hand was extremely plain - but also highly imaginative. Maybe that was Maarten's intrinsic talent. Sometimes there was a kind of tension between the two. The special thing about Maarten was that he never said: ‘that's not possible’.

Also presented by Lensvelt, the premiere of 'Maarten Van Severen: addicted to every possibility' will take place at the Triennale di Milano on 10 April. Directed by Moon Blaisse, the film will show a glimpse of the designers personality and life as well as feature interviews with Rem Koolhaas, Marij de Brabandere, Rolf Fehlbaum and more.

Photos J.W.Kaldenbach

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