Since graduating from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2004, Belgian-born, Paris-based designer Pieter Maes has sharpened his creative signature throughout his early collaborations working with designer studios such as Vincent Van Duysen or Ora-Ito and European furniture manufacturers including Tribu and Ligne Roset. The designer’s vocabulary embodies his ongoing interest in the resonant quality of pure forms found in artistic expressions spanning from the Neolithic or Cycladic Periods to the primitive art expressions of modern artists including Isamu Noguchi or Brancusi among others.
Maes’ visceral appeal for these archetypal forms have unleashed a personal body of work freed from the rational forms of the manufactured furniture design world in which he excelled for over a decade. In 2014, the designer opened his own studio in Paris and pursued an ongoing study and exploration of these quintessential forms and their influences on our collective subconscious.
With a mature understanding of the materials, their nature and respective craftsmanship techniques, Maes first explores forms through computer drawings. While informed by a chosen matter, the original design eventually morphs and materializes in concert with European master craftsmen using time-honored techniques. From the initial artistic vision throughout the development and fabrication, Maes creates modern pieces anchored in heritage; each being a contemporary expression of timeless forms.
Maes lives and works in Paris where he continues his creative collaborations with institutional clients while pursuing the development of his personal work and signature collection.