Marina Bautier

BELGIUM (1980)
Belgian designer Marina Bautier established her design studio in 2003 after graduating from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. She now works for manufacturers such as Case Furniture and Ligne Roset in addition to doing interior design and taking on projects for private clients.

Bautier is known for a functional approach, as evidenced by the ingenious Lap Shelving she designed for Case. This customizable, modular system features removable shelves for organizing books and more. The signature pragmatic style that marks Lap Shelving spans all her work.

Eschewing ostentation and unnecessary encumbrances, Bautier begins the design process by observing everyday objects and the purposes they serve. Focusing on utility as a starting point, she creates eminently useful furniture and other objects that are both simply structured and easily manufactured, yet she also devotes attention to the appearance and beauty of familiar materials, especially wood.

Bautier has been lauded by the likes of Elle Decoration UK and Wallpaper* magazine, the latter of which presented her with a Best Use of Material: Wood award in 2009. Midway through 2013, she launched her own furniture label, MA, and opened a new retail space in Brussels.