Just as Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers announce the eight finalists in the Space + Moooi Design Residency for 2014, this year Wanders will be the focus of a huge solo show that was nine years in the making and will feature over 400 objects designed by Wanders. Opening in Amsterdam on 1 February, Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up is being touted as one of the biggest shows the prestigious Stedelijk Museum has ever hosted.
With much excitement building around the exhibition that will document Marcel Wanders’ career which began in the late 1980s, the show will feature furniture, lights, utensils, complements, wallpaper, packaging, and jewellery, as well as images of interiors, design sketches, prototypes, experimental work in small editions, sculptural objects developed for special projects, and “virtual interiors” – described by Wanders as a series of new experimental digital creations.
The show has been curated using colour cues – a white zone offers an analysis of Wanders’ work including craftsmanship, narratives and dialogues, surface, innovation, archetypes, variation, and playing with scale; a black zone features more personal and experimental work in a theatrical setting; while a large lounge area will look at Wanders’ role as art director for design brands including Moooi.
Ingeborg de Roode, Curator of Industrial Design and organiser of the exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum describes Wanders as both a great communicator and a businessman, a rare thing within the design industry. “He runs a studio with a staff of 50 and is co-owner of Moooi and the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel. Few designers can boast such a combination of talents.”
All of Wander’s important works are featured, such as the Knotted Chair (1995-1996, designed with Bertjan Pot), Lace Table (1997), Egg Vase (1997), Airborne Snotty Vases (2001), the New Antiques collection (2005), and the Skygarden lamp (2007). Also on view are lesser-known pieces including the Hare Vase (1995). Wanders’ most recent furniture design, the Carbon Balloon Chair completed in 2013, will also make its European debut. Many other designs, some of which were created specifically for the show, are on view for the first time, such as a special edition of the Egg Vase.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a 224-page catalogue published by the Stedelijk Museum, with analytical essays by international authors, an interview with the designer, a visual survey of Wanders’ most important projects, a biography, bibliography, and an overview of his entire oeuvre. Read more about the show here, while the accompanying conversation between Marcel Wanders and Sander Wassink discusses Wanders' career highlights.
As we go to press on this story, eight Space + Moooi Design Residency 2014 finalists have been announced by Casper Vissers and Marcel Wanders – so very big congratulations to Andrew Southwood Jones and Alexander Kashin, Kristian Aus. Ross Gardan, Tom Fereday. Bradley Mitchell, Emma Elizabeth Designs' Emma Elizabeth Coffey, Christina Waterson and Daniel Emma's Daniel To and Emma Aiston, who will each present their work to Casper Vissers for the chance to go on a two month residency to Moooi's HQ in Holland. The successful applicant/s will be announced in the coming weeks. Good luck everyone!