Designer Portfolio: Marcel Wanders

Designer Portfolio: Marcel Wanders

Anna Hoffman
Aug 19, 2010

Marcel Wanders is one of the true design celebrities of our time. His relentless energy, imagination and sense of humor define his practice, as does his philosophy that objects should not tastefully blend into the background, but should instead move us — to fantasy, to laughter, to recognition.

One of the hallmarks of Wanders' career is his insane productivity in nearly every medium. He has designed for more than a dozen companies, including Cappellini, Flos, Bisazza, Baccarat, and Puma, as well as Moooi, a company he co-founded and now art directs.

Wanders' work tends to be beautiful, often referencing historical forms or patterns in unexpected ways. His first 'hit' was his Knotted Chair for Droog, produced in 1995 (image 2), which he made by draping woven fibers over a mold and infusing them with epoxy resin to create a functional, sturdy chair out of macramé. Now in the permanent collection of