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Lensvelt with OMA in Ventura Lambrate

Visit us at @ Via Giovanni Ventura5, Ventura Lambrate
Lensvelt with OMA in Ventura Lambrate,
and two documentary films in Triennale di Milano
To all our friends and followers: At this year’s Salone Lensvelt is spread over two locations. Don’t miss out on either of them as they are both pivotal in the story we want to tell you.
The first is an exhibition together with OMA architects at Via Giovanni Ventura 5, Ventura Lambrate. Here you can see the 3D scenery OMA designed as a decor for pieces of the First Series of the Flemish furniture maker Maarten Van Severen.
Then, at Theatre Triennale di Milano, Lensvelt will screen two captivating documentaries about Van Severens life and works. One film is screened every day and is free for visitors of Salone. The second film is the global avant-premiere and screens on thursday evening. For details please go to our website.
The works of Van Severen, who passed away in 2005, are not easy too understand. In fact, they tend to be a bit misplaced in the surroundings of a furniture fair, where everything is new, trendy and striking. Van Severens furniture pieces are not new and striking. They are silent.
We are delighted to share this journey and proud to present you these documentaries. They both give an in-depth view of the immense passion Maarten Van Severen had inside.
Daily on big screen in Triennale di Milano:
‘Maarten Van Severen. Works’
In what would be the last year of his life, Maarten Van Severen gave an interview in his Studio, which is the basis for the film ‘Maarten Van Severen. Works’ by Terenja van Dijk. The encounter with the flemish furniture maker reveals the way he thinks, lives, collects, designs and makes. Read more at
Triennale di Milano, Teatro dell’ Arte, Viale Alemagna 6, Milan. Screenings are free for visitors of Salone del Mobile. 7 April – 15:00 (press preview); 8, 9, 11 April – 12:00 /15:00 / 19:00; 10 April – 12:00 / 15:00 / 18:00; 12, 13 April: 15:00 / 19:00
Avant premiere on thursday night:
‘Maarten Van Severen. Addicted to every possibility’
An impressive movie about the flamboyant personality of the Flemish craftsman. ‘Maarten Van Severen. Addicted to every possibility’ is a film by Moon Blaisse, who reconstructs his tumultuous life by following his four talented sons. Produced by Pain Perdu productions. Read more at our website
Avant premiere on thursday 10 April, 19:30. Free admission by registration only, please send an email to Triennale di Milano, Teatro dell’Arte, Viale Alemagna 6, Milan.


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Maarten Van Severen

Lensvelt is producer of a substantial part of the collection of the Flemish designer Maarten Van Severen (1956 – 2005). His pieces are renowned and appreciated all over the world because of their unique materials, quality and finish. Van Severen died in 2005. He was a personal friend of Hans Lensvelt.

The collection of Maarten Van Severen has been officially launched September 2013 in Amsterdam, in the canal house of Lensvelt at Herengracht 178. The furniture was presented in a state-of-the-art 3D installation especially designed by OMA, the architectural firm of Rem Koolhaas.

Together, OMA, Maarten Van Severen and Hans Lensvelt have realised the interior of the Seattle Central Library and the Dutch embassy in Berlin.Van Severen has created several interiors for OMA, such as the Lemoine house in Bordeaux and Villa Dall’ Ava in Paris.

Van Severen designed his first furniture pieces in 1986 and established an independent workshop in Gent, where he pursued the limited, semi-industrial production of his own furniture designs.

This unified process of design and production was a fundamental aspect of his work over a long period of time, in which he devoted himself to the examination of basic furniture types: chair, table, chaiselongue, shelving, cabinet. He developed primary solutions for these categories based on a comprehensive exploration of the questions of form, material and construction.

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