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MARCEL WANDERS
Marcel Wanders (Boxtel, 1963) graduated cum laude from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (ArtEZ Institute of the Arts) in Arnhem in 1988 after being expelled from Eindhoven Design Academy. In 1995 he opened his studio in the beating heart of the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, quickly coming to worldwide attention in 1996 for his iconic Knotted Chair, which paired high tech materials with ‘low tech’ production methods. Today Marcel’s powerhouse studio numbers around 50 international design specialists, and he is a prolific product and interior designer and art director, ubiquitous with over 1700+ projects to his name for private clients and premium brands such as Alessi, Bisazza, KLM, Flos, Swarovski, Puma, among scores of others. Regarded by many as an anomaly in the design world, Marcel has made it his mission to “create an environment of love, live with passion and make our most exciting dreams come true.” His work excites, provokes, and polarises, but never fails to surprise for its ingenuity, daring and singular quest to uplift the human spirit, and entertain. With this track record, it’s no surprise that theNew York Timesdubbed Marcel the “Lady Gaga of Design,” or thatBusiness Weekselected him as one of Europe’s ’25 leaders of change.’ In 2006,Elle Decorationawarded Marcel the prestigious title of ‘Designer of the Year.’ Other award wins include the Philadelphia Museum of Art's modern design collaborative award, Collab, and the Design Excellence Award for Marcel’s significant contribution to the field of design in 2009. In his designs Marcel often mixes innovative materials and techniques with references to well known historical styles and archetypes, so users can easily connect to the pieces, enjoying them for a long time and in doing so create sustainable surroundings. Marcel’s chief concern is bringing the human touch back to design, ushering in what he calls design’s ‘new age;’ in which designer, craftsperson and user are reunited. In his process, Marcel defies design dogma, preferring instead of focus on holistic solutions rather than the technocratic. In Marcel’s universe, the coldness of industrialism is replaced instead by the poetry, fantasy and romance of different ages, vividly brought to life in the contemporary moment. In 2001 Marcel co-founded the successful design label Moooi, of which he is also Art Director. Conceived as a platform for design talent from around the world, today the company works with around 30 designers, has a presence in 79 countries and is renowned for its quirky, eccentric but altogether inspired take on the objects that surround us.

www.marcelwanders.com

City: AMSTERDAM

Nation: THE NETHERLANDS

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  • MONDRIAN DOHA HOTEL

    A wonderful story unfolds around every turn in this contemporary classic hotel, whose iconic building is designed by SWA architects.   The Mondrian Doha in Qatar, realized in 2017, is a five-star destination designed by Marcel Wanders and operated by the global hospitality company SBE, drawing on...

  • GRAND HOTEL PORTALS NOUS

    Grand Portals Nous, operated by Iberostar, is an indulgent five-star hotel where guests are rejuvenated through pampered recreation.   Nestled on a magnificent beach, this luxurious setting uses transparencies, whites and reflective surfaces to create a flow of openness.   Emphasising craft and...

  • MAISON DECORTÉ

    The newly opened Maison Decorté located within the Ginza Six shopping complex in Tokyo is a sophisticated, luxurious retail store and spa designed to create a true relationship between nature and our skin.  Marcel Wanders signature bells welcome the visitors into the store where the walls are...

  • MIRA MOON HOTEL

    At the five-star Mira Moon hotel, the Moon Goddess of Immortality welcomes guests with three hand-carved wooden bells.  Each of the bells represent a character (the goddess, the moon and the rabbit) from a traditional Chinese tale of the Moon Festival.  This Wanders & YOO interior for the...

Design

  • VENUS

    A project ispired by the fascination of the modernity. Venus chair, design by Marcel Wanders, is a precise choice that expresses a sence of absolute purity. Body in plastic material white or black, upholstered seat covered with not removable leather. Structure in painted metal white or black, or...

  • MAD QUEEN

    The structure is in moulded polyurethane foam . Legs are in spessart oak, cenere oak and natural oak. It's possible to cover the legs in fabric and leather. Pre-covering polyester padding. Final stretched covering removable in fabric and leather. Possibility of different covering material between...

  • MAD KING

    The structure is in moulded polyurethane foam . Legs are in spessart oak, cenere oak and natural oak. Possibility to cover the legs in fabric and leather. Pre-covering polyester padding. Final stretched covering removable in fabric and leather. Possibility of different covering material between...

  • MAD DINING TABLE

    The structure can be in spessart oak, cenere oak and natural oak. Top in spessart oak, cenere oak and natural oak, mat or glossy marble, bianco carrara, calacatta oro, emperador dark, petit granit and grigio stardust....

  • MAD DINING CHAIR

    After the success of Mad Chair, presented in 2013, the collection has been enlarged with numerous elements: high and low armchairs, chaise longues, chairs, tables and occasional tables, all with large, soft dimensions, lightened by slender feet. They have a big personality and a striking decorative...

  • MAD CHAISE LONGUE

    The sofas and armchairs collection: in the living area there is a full coherence between modular systems, complements and the elements dedicated to comfort. Collaborating with prestigious international designers, Poliform completes its offer with a variety of proposals that underline versatility. A...

  • CYBORG VIENNA

    In 1960 the scientist, inventor and musician Manfred Clynes coined the term cyborg, which then grew ever more popular thanks to innumerable sci-fi novels and films; it designates an organism that combines natural and artificial elements. Marcel Wanders interprets this fusion as the expression of a...

  • ANT CHAIR

    The long-standing collaboration gives life to Marcel Wanders’ new piece for the Cappellini collection. Like other designs for Cappellini, the Ant armchair reinterprets classic forms with modern ideas and materials. The large comfortable upholstery is lifted up from the floor by a thin, light metal...

  • CYBORG DAISY

    In 1960 the scientist, inventor and musician Manfred Clynes coined the term cyborg, which then grew ever more popular thanks to innumerable sci-fi novels and films; it designates an organism that combines natural and ar tificial elements. Marcel Wanders interprets this fusion as the expression of a...

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