Dutch conceptual designer Lucas Maassen has been working with kinder MODERN since 2013. His creative process has led to producing one-of-a-kind pieces with his three offspring as Lucas Maassen & Sons, developing projects alongside his artist partner Margriet Craens, and presenting his own often politically-themed work.
Maassen has exhibited internationally at MoMA, Vitra Design Museum, Design Miami and Salone del Mobile among others. Projects and exhibitions include THE SITCOM!,Valerie, My Crystal Sister, The Singing Chair, The Chair Affair, and Wall Street. He is based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and teaches in the Social Design Master program at the Design Academy Eindhoven, from which he graduated, and at the Academy of Art Communication and Design in Tilburg.
Lucas Maassen & Sons
Maassen has employed his three sons, Thijme, Julian, and Maris to work for him in their own family “furniture factory,” titled Lucas Maassen & Sons, in which he designs and produces the furniture the children then paint. Due to Dutch child labor laws, the boys are only permitted to work for three hours each week, creating their signature painting aesthetic out of a consideration for production speed. LM&S launched their first collection with kinder MODERN in 2013. At the Collective 3 Design Fair in May 2015, Lucas Maassen & Sons presented the conceptual piece 'Nature vs. Nurture' exploring inherited vs. acquired talent and themes of education, influence and parentage.
The Chair Affair by Maassen + Craens
The Chair Affair, a collaborative project by Lucas Maassen and his life partner artist Margriet Craens, is a striking and intensely personal photo series developed from an exhibition by the same name of these chair couplings. Described by the artist and designer as autobiographical, it is a natural extension of their individual work and the result of a confrontation between their two very different practices. The project was both an expression of both their own intimate relationship and their artistic exploration of the implied intimacy of every day objects. The work aims to engender a stimulating dialogue about the dynamic intersections between love, design, relationships, and value.
Margriet Craens studied Dutch Language and Culture at the University of Amsterdam and Fine Arts at Den Bosch. She now works as a multi-disciplinary artist and writer, experimenting with art, design, food, and culture. kinder MODERN’s exhibition of The Chair Affair at PULSE New York in March 2016 was the US debut of this thought-provoking series, examining physicality and sexual desire through the stunning prints as well as the original sculptures.