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IntroductionDESIGN OR ART?
“I am here to create an environment of love, live with passion, and make our most exciting dreams come true.”
Marcel Wanders is the enfant terrible of the international design scene. He does away with all rigid rules and cannot be pigeonholed. To put it shortly: Wanders is a liberator. As such, he gets down to work and frees the ideas of his exuberant imagination, translating them into projects that surely have more in mind beyond pure function. Only a creative mind like Wanders could come up with an idea such as the “One Minute Sculpture,” which he makes with his own hands and then gilds, as though on a production line. An homage to a golden handcraft and simultaneously a humorous critique of mass production.
Wanders is also an avowed fan of, to put it in his own words, the grandest design achievement of all time: evolution. With this in mind, his photographs Three Queens seem like fantastic portraits of three queen bees that complaisantly and stylishly or with cool distance rein over an “environment of love.” A honeycomb-like background alienates the quintessentially beautiful creatures.
“Photography is the most influential medium, I think. It makes the most bizarre realities look as normal as the girl next door, makes illusions accessible, and lets us feel connected to all the magnificent things the world has to offer,” according to Wanders, whose works can be seen in MoMA New York, MoMA San Francisco, and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
1963 born in Boxtel near Amsterdam, Netherlands 1981-1982 Academie voor Industriële Vormgeving (design academy), Eindhoven, Netherlands 1982-1985 Academie voor Toegepaste kunsten, Maastricht, Netherlands 1983-1985 Academie voor Schone kunsten, Hasselt, Belgium 1985-1988 Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Arnheim, Netherlands Cum Laude Certificate 1988 seit 1988 freelance industrial and product designer 1989-1991 lecturer, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Rotterdam, Netherlands 1990-1992 designer, Landmark Design & Consult b.v., Rotterdam, Netherlands 1990 lecturer, Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1991-1993 lecturer, Academie voor Industriële Vormgeving, Eindhoven, Netherlands 1992 Wanders founds Droog Design, together with Dutch designers and concept artists 1992-1995 partner, WAAC's Design & Consults, Rotterdam, Netherlands 1992 juror, Rotterdam Design Prize, Netherlands 1993-1994 lecturer, Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1995-2001 director, Wanders Wonder, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1995 juror, Rotterdam Design Prize, Netherlands 1996 releases the famous "Knottet Chair", produced for Droog Design 1997 juror, Limperg Award, Netherlands 2000 founds "Moooi" juror, Kho Liang Ie Award, Netherlands juror, Françoise van den Bosch prize, Netherlands project director, Vitra Summer Workshops, France lecturer, SFMoMa, USA lecturer, trend-forecasts, Netherlands Fashion Forecast Institute 2001 project director, Vitra Summer Workshops, France lecturer, Limn, San Francisco, USA lecturer, Design Academy, Niederlande founds Marcel Wanders studio, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2003 lecturer, FutureDesignDays, Boras, Sweden ab 2004 art director and co-owner, LUTE SUITES, Amsterdam, Netherlands lecturer, Museum of Art & Design, New York, USA lecturer, Design Festival, Portland, USA 2005 guest editor, The International Design Yearbook 2005 interior design, restaurants Blits, Rotterdam, Netherlands interior design, restaurant Thor (Hotel on Rivington, New York, USA) lecturer, Thailand Creative and Design Centre, Bangkok, Thailand lecturer, International Dutch Design Congress, Eindhoven, NetherlandsAwards
2007 Visionary! Artist Award, Museum of Arts and Design 2006 Designer of the Year, Elle Decoration International Design Awards Designer of the Year 2006, Magazin Gioia Casa, Italy Best interior professional for Moooi, Dutch Woonawards 2005 Elle Decoration International Design Award for "Carbon Chair", Design by Bertjan Pot et Marcel Wanders for Moooi 2004 Löberschütz design competition, Munich, Germany 2003 Selected amongst Europe's 25 Leaders of Change by Business Week (USA) Elle Decoration International Design Award for "Patchwork Plates" Winner, Vredeman de Vries Vormgevingsprijs for "Patchwork Plates" Best furniture or lighting for residential interiors, FX award for Moooi collection 2002 Man of the Year, MAN (Dutch magazine) 2000 George Nelson Award, Interiors Magazine Alterpoint Design Award, Milan, Italy 1998 Winner, Woonbeurspin, Netherlands Honorable mention in Compasso d'Oro, Italy 1990 1st prize, design competition, "Staande indoor lamp", Amsterdam, Netherlands 1989 1st prize, design competition, Verzamelband, iON Rotterdam, Netherlands 1986 1st prize, design competition, Olympic Design 1992 1st prize, design competition, Café Modern (Nescafé), NetherlandsCollectionsMuseum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
V&A Museum, London, UK
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Central Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands
Museum of Decorative Arts, Copenhagen, DenmarkExhibitions
2006 Acme Gallery, Los Angeles, USA 2005 Hong Kong Electronics Fair, Hongkong Touch me, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK Nest, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Simply Droog, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands Museum at FIT, New York, USA 2004 Interior Design Show, Toronto, Canada Design Lab Nike, Portland, USA 100% Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands Bulthaup Center, design gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia 100% design, London, UK Creativity Observatory, Genova, Italy, curated by Alessandro and Francesco Mendini, Italy 2003 Can of Gold project at Noel Hennesy Furniture, London, UK Het onstaan der Dingen, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands Salone del Mobili, light installation, pirouette for Swarovski, Crystal Palace, Milan, Italy 2002 Body Design, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), USA Strangely Familiar: Design and Everyday Life, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA Skin: Surface, Substance + Design, Cooper-Hewitt, New York, USA Milan in a Van – one designer show, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK Opening, new Moooi showrooms, Breda, Netherlands Home Made Holland, Crafts Council Gallery, London, UK 2001 Limn (design interior shop), San Francisco, USA Marcel Wanders - Moooi in Amstelveen, wooncentrum Co van der Horst, Amstelveen, Netherlands 2000 Search for Art exhibition, Milan, Italy Hitec-Lotec exhibition, touring exhibition, UK (until 2002) Dutch Design, Ozone, Living Design Centre, Tokyo, Japan Wanders Wanted expo, Gallery Material Connection, New York, USA Design World, Taideteollisuus Museum, Helsinki, Finland Droog design, touring exhibition, USA Droog Design, Israel Museum, Israel 1999 Wanders Wonders expo, Gallery TZ Art, New York, USA 1998 Material innovation gallery, Material Connexion, New York, USA Materials in design, Österreichisches Institut für Formgebung, Vienna, Austria IAA, Internationale Automobil Ausstellung, Frankfurt, Germany 1997 The Ecology Series 1 Glamour, Material Connexion, New York, USA Mutant Materials in contemporary design, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands Stilwerk Design Center GmbH, Hamburg, Germany Materials in design, Tekniska Mässan, Stockholm, Sweden Industrial Technology Congress, Toulouse, France The Institute of Materials, London, UK 1996 Scanning, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Tresholds, MOMA, New York, USA Dry tech, Droog Design, Milan, Italy Mentalitäten, Design Center Stuttgart, Germany 1995 Mentalitäten, Securitas Galerie, Bremen, Germany 1993 An art collection of combs, Mikimoto, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan Made in Holland, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Cologne, Germany World-expo, World Expo, Taipé, Taiwan Droog Design, selection of Dutch design, Pastoe showroom, Milan, Italy 1992 Materiaal, stof voor vormgeving, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Dutch Design, ITB, Bandung, India 1990 Embarrassment of riches, EEG congress, Avignon, France