The Mare sofa with fixed cushions was designed for Artifort in 2003 by René Holten.
The design is restrained with clean lines and subtle details. Typical of this design is the slit in the centre of the seat and the slender base, which runs from back to front. This gives the sofa an elegant look. Mare is extremely comfortable and fits in both modern and classic interiors.
Holten (born in 1961) is a graduate of institutions including the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design and the Design Academy Eindhoven. He has worked for the Dutch architect Wiel Arets as an architectural designer, and for Artifort as the head of product development (1993-1998). He designed the DoDo in 1997, his first design for Artifort, which immediately won the prize for best Dutch Furniture Design 1998. Some of his other designs, such as Libel (2002) and Lotus & Low Lotus (2008) have also won prizes, receiving the award for Good Industrial Design. With his design studio named after himself, René Holten focuses on the furniture and bathroom fittings industries. Besides Artifort, his clients include Pullman (beds), Mosa (tiles), and Clou (bathroom fittings).