Mathias de Ferm
Mathias De Ferm is a product and furniture designer from Antwerp, Belgium. Collaborating with internationally renowned brands, his work includes furniture, kitchenware, barbecues and timber buildings for the outdoors. He founded his own design company in 2010.
Mathias studied product development at the Hogeschool Antwerpen and furniture design at the Katholieke Hogeschool Mechelen. Eager to learn more about materials and techniques, he earned additional degrees in metalwork and carpentry. An internship at design firm Extremis provided further insight into the full course of a production process: from the first sketch to the final product.
In 2010, Mathias decided to start his own business. As an independent designer, he has worked for a variety of clients since then: from furniture manufacturers to a cookware company. A collaboration with industrial designer Pieter Vanderhenst led to a couple of innovative, award-winning concepts. In addition to furniture and products, Mathias has also designed a number of interiors for residential as well as commercial projects.
Added value is a simple but key principle in his design approach. What is a product used for? How can it improve someone’s daily life? Vital questions that lead to innovative ideas: from improving a small feature to rethinking an entire product category.