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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
WORLD DESIGN / MARCEL WANDERS’ TAIPEI RESIDENCE
stunning design that Euro designer Marcel Wander created for a private
residence in Teipei combines his design signature, boudoir atmosphere with
The New York Times called him the “Lady Gaga of
Design,” and Business Week selected
him as one of Europe’s ’25 leaders of change.’ In 2006, Elle Decoration named him Designer of the Year.’ Other award wins
include the Philadelphia Museum of Art's modern design collaborative award, Collab,
and the Design Excellence Award for Marcel’s significant contribution to the
field of design in 2009.
Today as a
product and interior designer and art director, who is credited with more than
1,700 projects for private clients and premium brands such as Alessi, Bisazza,
KLM, Flos, Swarovski, Puma, and others.
exhibited in his Teipei residence, shown here, his designs Marcel often mixes
innovative materials and techniques with references to well known historical
styles and archetypes, so users can easily connect to the pieces, enjoying them
for a long time and in doing so create sustainable surroundings.
master bedroom suite, the floor plan includes two guest bedrooms, a dining and
show kitchen, as well as an entertainment & study room.
bedroom is rich in black woven Jester textile walls. One Minute bedside lamps
and a free standing headboard divide the space. Behind it, a colorful Bisazza
mosaic wall with artwork by Dutch artist Femke Hiemstra.
bathroom is stylized with a New Antiques Bisazza washbasin, Valentine lights
and a shower in the shape of a crystal chandelier.
a variety of warm woods, the bedroom inlay merges with mosaics that continue
the pattern into the bathroom space.
room has Delft-Blue ceramic plate collection by One Minute, remarkable
Delft–Blue mosaic wall by Bisazza, and a built-in cabinet made of copper. Its centerpiece
is a white marble dining table, with a copper extension to facilitate food
areas have red woven carpets, curtains and cushioned sofas, black crystal
chandelier, cherry wood cabinet and built-in bookcase that combine to give the
space a dark and mysterious mood.
Wanders, 52, graduated cum laude from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (ArtEZ
Institute of the Arts) in Arnhem. In 1995 he opened his studio in Amsterdam and
by 1996 produced his iconic Knotted Chair, which paired high tech materials
with ‘low tech’ production methods.
Marcel’s chief concern is bringing
the human touch back to design. In Marcel’s universe, the coldness of
industrialism is replaced instead by the poetry, fantasy and romance of
different ages, vividly brought to life in the contemporary moment.
In 2001 Marcel co-founded the design
label Moooi, of which he is also Art Director. Conceived as a platform for
design talent from around the world, today the company works with around 30
designers, has a presence in 79 countries and is renowned for its quirky,
eccentric but altogether inspired take on the objects that surround us.