The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam pays hommage to one of The Netherlands’ best known and widely acclaimed designers: Marcel Wanders. The show – Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up – takes a look back at the last 25 years of Wanders’ work. He is internationally renowned for his product, furniture and interior designs, and original art direction.
The Stedelijk show is the first European survey exhibition of Wanders since 1999. It is also the first major design exhibition to be presented at these premises following its comprehensive renovation and reopening in 2012.
Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up at the Stedelijk presents designs from Wanders’ entire oeuvre, ranging from the late 1980s to the present. More than 400 objects are on display in the monumental lower-level gallery space and encompasses furniture, lamps, utensils, cutlery, wallpaper, packaging, and jewelry.
The show also includes images of interiors, design sketches, prototypes, experimental work in small editions, sculptural objects developed for special projects, and “virtual interiors”: new experimental digital creations.
Stedelijk’s concept is conceived in three parts: a white zone, which offers an analysis of Wanders’ work based on 10 themes (such as craftsmanship, narratives and dialogues, surface, innovation, archetypes, variation, and playing with scale); a black zone presenting work of a more personal and often experimental nature in a theatrical setting; and a lounge where Wanders’ role as Art Director for design brands, including Moooi, is explored.
All of Wander’s iconic works are featured, such as the Set Up Shades lamp (1989), the Knotted Chair (1995-1996), Lace Table (1997), Egg Vase (1997),AirborneSnotty Vases (2001), the New Antiques furniture (2005), and the Skygarden lamp (2007). Also on view are lesser-known pieces such as the Hare Vase (1995) and packaging designs for the Japanese cosmetics brand Cosme Decorte (since 2010). Wanders’ most recent furniture design, the Carbon Balloon Chair (2013), will also make its European debut. Many other designs, some of which were created especially for this exhibition, are on view for the first time, such as a special edition of the famed Egg Vase.
PINNED UP AT THE STEDELIJK
The Stedelijk Museum