Belgian designer Maarten de Ceulaer created leather chest of suitcases, an addiction of unique designs to his collection of furniture, made from piled-up suitcases.
The custom-made leather suitcases can be stacked up to make chests of drawers in various configurations, from tall and narrow towers to wide and low benches, arranged either in neat lines or chaotic, overlapping piles.
Maarten De Ceulaer was born in Belgium in 1983. He studied Interior Design at the Sint-Lukas Hogeschool in Brussels, where he graduated in 2005. Attracted by conceptual and narrative design, he continued his studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven. A strong passion for travelling inspired his graduation project ‘A Pile of Suitcases’, which was immediately picked up by Nina Yashar, founder of the renowned Milanese gallery Nilufar. She commissioned him to create an entire collection, which he continued to develop over the years, and which has been exhibited worldwide. Since then, Maarten regularly catches attention for the highly evocative, poetic and playful touch he gives his objects.
He uses his work to tell stories, to stir people’s emotions, to inspire their imagination and to make them wonder. He continuously explores new materials and investigates in production techniques and crafts. The emotional aspect of objects is equally important as the functional, and he has a remarkable attention for detail. He is known for using materials in unconventional ways, and the end result never ceases to surprise us.