Marcel Wanders is one of the worlds’ leading multi-disciplinary designers. His international reputation is well deserved having had his designs produced by B&B Italia, Flos and Cappellini to mention a few. He was one of the founding members of Droog (the prolific, zany and hugely successful Dutch design collective) and his design “hits” have continued as an independent designer.
Today, many of Wanders' recent designs are created under the Moooi label where he is both art director and co-owner. Rizzoli, known for sophisticated and scholarly well-illustrated design books, has recently published an inspiring monograph on Wanders coinciding with his recent appearance at ICFF.
While the “Interiors” title is composed of mostly commercial projects, notably Mandarin Duck’s surrealist yellow flagship shop in London and the Mondrian hotel in South Beach, it is still a relentlessly inspiring collection of spaces. Wanders, alongside Phillipe Stark, is responsible for articulating the “Contemporary Baroque” aesthetic that appropriates opulent traditional motifs and furniture forms but realizes them in an updated stylized sexy fashion. Wanders often generously uses tiles,mosaics and photo/wallpapers nearly eliminating any need for wall art.
While it appears in only a handful of projects in the book, look out for how he uses the collection of tiles he designed for the firm Ceramica Bardelli. Wanders is still in his 40's and Its curious whether his aesthetic will evolve or find even larger venues for expression.
MORE INFO: Marcel Wanders: Interiors