Maarten De Ceulaer Mutation Series

The renown design fair Salone Del Mobile is coming up. From the 17th of April till the 22nd of April Milan will be become the Mecca of international design. Sometimes the off-events are even more interesting than the fair itself. This year Belgian designer Maarten De Ceulaer is presenting his Mutation Series. 

Attentive readers of ilovebelgium will know Maarten. We loved his Balloon Bowls, a series of colourful, unique bowls created by casting mass-colored, strong synthetic plaster into a balloon, after which a second balloon is inserted, and inflated.

His Mutation Series which he will present at the Rossana Orlandi gallery amongst others, refer to the organic shapes of the design. The pieces in this series look like they weren’t made by hands, but have grown to their present form organically. The designs make you look at furniture in a different way. Maybe one day we would be able to grow a piece of furniture like we breed or clone an animal, and manipulate it’s shape like a bonsai tree.

The project is an experimental review of classic furniture upholstery. It reminds us of the famous and iconic deep buttoned (Chesterfield) sofa's, interpreted in a highly contemporary and sculptural way. Instead of upholstering springs and foam with leather or textile, these pieces are created by carefully composing patterns with cut-offs of foam spheres of various sizes, and applying them onto a structure. In the end the entire piece gets coated, with a durable rubber or tactile velvet-like finish. It is hardly impossible to ever recreate such a specific pattern, so every piece is completely unique.

Underneath you can see some pictures of the Mutation Series, you can check out the whole series on our Facebook fan page. And since our Belgian love is spreading like a virus, we would love to have the sofa from the Mutation Series in our ilovebelgium office!

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