In 2015 The Maarten Van Severen Foundation and the Department of Design of KASK / School of Arts Ghent decided to establish a chair with the aim of conveying the relevance and significance of Maarten Van Severen’s work for today’s designers. Every year a leading designer, whose work has an affinity with the work of Maarten Van Severen, will give a lecture and a masterclass. He or she will reflect on the common ground between their work and that of Maarten van Severen and on the qualities of his work in light of the current design culture. The first edition was in the hands of Erwan Bouroullec.
In December 2016, Swiss designer Alfredo Häberli gave two lectures and during the same week he hosted a three-day masterclass with 10 students from 5 different art schools. After the masterclass, the participating students kept uploading images of their process on the MVSC blog. The result is a fascinating collection of things, which we proudly present as the second MVSC Cahier at Design museum Gent. It contains a transcription of Alfredo Häberli’s lecture and a visual overview of the masterclass that documents the students’ progress.
Design museum Gent is a structural partner of the Maarten Van Severen Chair.
Collaborating schools: KASK/School of Arts Ghent , ENSAV – La Cambre, Design Academy Eindhoven , Aalto University, Universität der Künste Berlin.
Students participating in the book and exhibition: Ruth De Jaeger, Janne Claes, Anse Heestermans, Mathilde Pequeur, Corneel De Corte, Ariane Relander, Jonathan Chan, Mette Kahlos, Stefan Traeger, Maximilian Löw .