Maarten Van Severen (1956 - 2005) is among Belgium's top architects. He made his first fingerprint when as an 18-year-old, he created a table which made it obvious that he was the master of the pure form: Right angles and straight lines characterise his works. As a 19-year-old, he worked with some of leading furniture factories in in the world, and had his first piece of furniture mass-produced. Blue Bench is a sophisticated and simple sofa designed as a big mattress with a loose backrest which can be moved around and offers countless sitting and lying positions. In sharp contrast to the austerity and limited range of his forms, Van Severen's uses an almost flamboyant range of materials. He works with everything from aluminium, bakelite, carbon fibres, cement, stone, glass and laminated bamboo to leather, plexiglass and timber. He is especially known as the designer of the aluminium chair at Colette – the hot concept store in Paris – and for his simple chair 03 which was later extended to an entire range.