Mathias De Ferm (1985) is a product and furniture designer from Antwerp, Belgium. Collaborating with internationally renowned brands, his work includes furniture, kitchenware, barbecues and timber outbuildings. 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. A full resume can be found on his LinkedIn profile. Vision Added value: a simple but key principle in Mathias De Ferm’s 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. This functionality is often defined by a product’s social environment. A dining table, for instance, is not limited to its practical qualities. It forms the centerpiece of a home: a place where people gather to eat, drink and talk with each other. Mathias’ work is characterized by a strong belief in the social relevance of design. A serene yet warmhearted aesthetic and the frequent use of durable materials reflect this. The right types of wood and metal are resistant to outdoor conditions and ensure a lengthy lifespan. Wood, as an additional plus, is a completely renewable and biodegradable resource. Solid materials that result in products with a timeless appeal.