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Merckx + Maes is a design office established in 2010 by Marc Merckx and Pieter Maes.
After gaining experience in several design studios in Paris, Amsterdam and Antwerp, Pieter Maes turned freelance designer in 2006, collaborating with various artists and designers in the fields of furniture design and CGI design. Marc Merckx worked for 15 years as a design director and product designer for Vincent Van Duysen Architects, managing residential and commercial projects as well as designing furniture.
Together, Merckx and Maes established in 2011 a furniture line, STVDIO, merging a sense of mid-century integrity with updated contemporary values and materials. Their design philosophy challenges the principle of reduction with light structures and strong materials, produced by craftsmen. The technical and proportional aspects are meticulously developed while working with close attention to nowadays mastery.