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.
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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