Just like all of Muller Van Severen’s furniture and objects, these trivets are stripped to the bare essence. They consist of nothing more than a thin steel outline of six millimeters thick. “We found that to be the most aesthetic”, Hannes explains. “But six millimeters is quite thin. To ensure that the table itself wouldn’t get burned while using the trivet, we tested it. We placed a pan full of sizzling hot sausages on the trivet which was set on one of our polyethylene tables — polyethylene can’t stand heat. It seemed to work”. (laughs) Functionality empirically proven! More importantly is the beauty of these trivets. Once hung on top of each other against the wall, the mix of varying shapes create an abstract work of colored lines. “We chose the shapes and colors very carefully”, says Fien. “It must form a whole”. That it does.