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Marcel Wanders

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“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.

Horst Klöver


1963born in Boxtel near Amsterdam, Netherlands
1981-1982Academie voor Industriële Vormgeving (design academy), Eindhoven, Netherlands
1982-1985Academie voor Toegepaste kunsten, Maastricht, Netherlands
1983-1985Academie voor Schone kunsten, Hasselt, Belgium
1985-1988Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Arnheim, Netherlands
Cum Laude Certificate 1988
seit 1988freelance industrial and product designer
1989-1991lecturer, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1990-1992designer, Landmark Design & Consult b.v., Rotterdam, Netherlands
1990lecturer, Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1991-1993lecturer, Academie voor Industriële Vormgeving, Eindhoven, Netherlands
1992Wanders founds Droog Design, together with Dutch designers and concept artists
1992-1995partner, WAAC's Design & Consults, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1992juror, Rotterdam Design Prize, Netherlands
1993-1994lecturer, Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1995-2001director, Wanders Wonder, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1995juror, Rotterdam Design Prize, Netherlands
1996releases the famous "Knottet Chair", produced for Droog Design
1997juror, Limperg Award, Netherlands
2000founds "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
2001project director, Vitra Summer Workshops, France
lecturer, Limn, San Francisco, USA
lecturer, Design Academy, Niederlande
founds Marcel Wanders studio, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2003lecturer, FutureDesignDays, Boras, Sweden
ab 2004art director and co-owner, LUTE SUITES, Amsterdam, Netherlands
lecturer, Museum of Art & Design, New York, USA
lecturer, Design Festival, Portland, USA
2005guest 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, Netherlands


2007Visionary! Artist Award, Museum of Arts and Design
2006Designer of the Year, Elle Decoration International Design Awards
Designer of the Year 2006, Magazin Gioia Casa, Italy
Best interior professional for Moooi, Dutch Woonawards
2005Elle Decoration International Design Award for "Carbon Chair", Design by Bertjan Pot et Marcel Wanders for Moooi
2004 Löberschütz design competition, Munich, Germany
2003Selected 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
2002Man of the Year, MAN (Dutch magazine)
2000George Nelson Award, Interiors Magazine
Alterpoint Design Award, Milan, Italy
1998Winner, Woonbeurspin, Netherlands
Honorable mention in Compasso d'Oro, Italy
19901st prize, design competition, "Staande indoor lamp", Amsterdam, Netherlands
19891st prize, design competition, Verzamelband, iON Rotterdam, Netherlands
19861st prize, design competition, Olympic Design 1992
1st prize, design competition, Café Modern (Nescafé), Netherlands


Museum 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, Denmark


2006Acme Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2005Hong 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
2004Interior 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
2003Can 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
2002Body 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
2001Limn (design interior shop), San Francisco, USA
Marcel Wanders - Moooi in Amstelveen, wooncentrum Co van der Horst, Amstelveen, Netherlands
2000Search 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
1999Wanders Wonders expo, Gallery TZ Art, New York, USA
1998Material innovation gallery, Material Connexion, New York, USA
Materials in design, Österreichisches Institut für Formgebung, Vienna, Austria
IAA, Internationale Automobil Ausstellung, Frankfurt, Germany
1997The 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
1995Mentalitäten, Securitas Galerie, Bremen, Germany
1993An 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
1992Materiaal, stof voor vormgeving, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dutch Design, ITB, Bandung, India
1990Embarrassment of riches, EEG congress, Avignon, France