Dutch Designer Marcel Wanders Part 2

In my previous post, I shared my introduction to Marcel Wanders and his products and ideas. In this post, I want to test how his ideas show up in his products on exhibit at the Stedelijk Museum and in his store, Moooi.

These 2 faces were almost one story tall and slowly rotated around:

Asian Face, Marcel Wanders by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Asian Face, Marcel Wanders by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

The second face on the back of the first:

A Frank Examination by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

A Frank Examination by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

There’s nothing minimal about these. They are stylized yes, but abound in exquisite surface detail and intense lavish color. The story happens most in the interaction between people and the faces.

The hands installation was next to the faces. The hands remind me of glove mold hands but with more personalization. Wanders was designing a tattoo for a pianist (the story). These are the ideas that he worked through:

Marcel Wanders Hands in Context by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Marcel Wanders Hands in Context by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

I wish all my first and second drafts looked like that. The lighting provides a great shadow doubling the impact of the artwork:

Marcel Wanders Shadow Hands by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Marcel Wanders Shadow Hands by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Zooming in for surface detail and pattern:

Marcel Wanders Hands Surface Detail by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Marcel Wanders Hands Surface Detail by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Wow!

We also went to Wander’s shop Moooi. It was very interesting to see his concepts worked out in a store:

Moooi Installation by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Moooi Installation by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2014

Here I noticed lots of surface detail, definitely not a less is more mentality, and definitely a story, some of which you get to create.

In my next post, I’d like to share with you how I applied what I learned from exposure to Wanders to my own photos. If you’d like to go to Part 1 click here.