Dutch Designer Marcel Wanders Part 1

On our recent trip to Amsterdam I had the opportunity to go to the Stedelijk Museum, a design museum, where I was introduced to the copious work of distinguished Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.

Marcel Wanders, Pinned Up Exhibition at the Stedelijk by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Travel Book Notes, Marcel Wanders, Pinned Up Exhibition at the Stedelijk by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

I had never heard of him by name but was familiar with his knotted chair and his Zeppelin light. His products have even graced my neighborhood Target store.

He uses a lot of interesting approaches -and I made note:

  • Creates 3D printed models of installations of his work
  • Turns to craft like macrame to re-establish the human element in design
  • The interpretation of an object like a chair changes with the color of the background
  • Combines surface texture on unexpected material – example, lace printed rubber

He also has some very interesting thinking. And I quote:

  • Less is more is a state of pathological delusion.
  • If you think surface is superficial, then your eyes have proved that your brain doesn’t work.
  • If poetry is about love and art is about love and theatre is about love and if opera is about love, why do we think design is about functionality?

While I don’t have a quote, Wanders emphasis on story telling hit me most and in fact has changed the way I approach photographing.

But first, in my next post, let’s look at evidence of these concepts in Wander’s work.

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