Maarten van Severen: Addicted to every possibility

Biography of the Belgian architect and designer Maarten van Severen.
Biografia dell’architetto e  designer belga Maarten van Severen.

Some biographies, such as the one of the Belgian designer Maarten van Severen (1956-2005), complete themselves on the border between personal and professional events. The curious and touching look of the young director Moon Blaisse insinuate inside these weak margins and make the first ones mirror in the second ones showing all the points in which they meet. The complex figure of the designer discovered by Rolf Fehlbaum from Vitra – and collaborator of Rem Koolhaas in some projects shared with the company Lensvelt – defines itself through the telling of his family life witnessed by his four children, had by two different wives, of whom the second one is the founder of a Foundation with his name. The objects and projects, including the house-studio by van Severen where some of the interviews take place, are the minimal and real background that espress the constes, the humanity and the essence of his work.

Alcune biografie, come quella del designer belga Maarten van Severen (1956-2005), si compiono nel confine fra le vicende personali e quelle professionali. Lo sguardo curioso e commovente della giovane regista Moon Blaisse si insinua in questi margini labili facendo rispecchiare le une nelle altre fino a rivelare i punti in cui aderiscono. La figura complessa del designer scoperto da Rolf Fehlbaum di Vitra – e collaboratore di Rem Koolhaas in alcuni progetti condivisi con l’azienda Lensvelt – si delinea attraverso il racconto della vita familiare testimoniato in prima persona dai suoi quattro figli, avuti da due mogli, di cui la seconda, Marij de Brabandere, è la fondatrice di una Fondazione a lui intestata. Gli oggetti e i progetti, compresa la casa-studio di van Severen in cui si svolgono alcune delle interviste, sono lo sfondo minimale e reale che esprime il contesto, l’umanità e l’essenza della sua opera.

Film profile

Director: Moon Blaisse
Year: 2014
Duration: 60′
Country: Belgium
Director of Photography: Jules Debrock
Editing: Axel Skovdal Roelofs & Tom Denoyette
Music: Jens Bouttery
Sound design & mix: Evelien van der Molen
Graphic designer: Amira Daoudi
With: Flor van Severen, Boris van Severen, Hannes van Severen, David van Severen
Interviews: Rem Koolhaas, Marij de Brabandere, Rolf Fehlbaum Nick Top, Fabiaan van Severen, Lot van Severen, Johan Valcke, William Phlips, Fabian Schwaerzler
Scheduled for W.A.V.E 2014 at IUAV Venice (15/07/2014)
Scheduled for MDFF 2014
Web site: pain-perdu.be
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