Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders was born in 1963 in the Netherlands and graduated with merit at th Arts School in Arnhem in 1988. His fame started with the iconic Knotted Chair that he projected for Droog Design in 1996. He is now working for the most important contemporary design companies in Europe.

In 2000, he founded Moooi, which soon became a world-known brand, and he worked at the same time on interior design projects, entering the world of accessories as well. In 2005, he was the director of the International Design Yearbook and in the same year, he created together with the chef Peter Lute the extraordinary hospitality concept Lute Suiters. He has also projected the interiors of Blits, a new restaurant in Rotterdam and the interiors of the “Thor” restaurant in the Hotel on Rivington in New York. It includes coffee bar, lounge and private club. Marcel is the first and still today among the most important designers of Droog design and he has been member of the jury for different international prizes such as the Rotterdam Design Prize (for which many of his products have been nominated several times) and the Kho Liang Prize. He has lectured at the SFMoMA, Limn, the Design Academy, Nike, IDFA, FutureDesignDays and had taught in different design academies in the Netherlands and abroad.

A significant number of Marcel Wanders’ projects have been choosen for the most important collections and designexhibitions worldwide such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in San Francisco, the V&A Museum in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, the Central Museum in Utrecht, the Decorative Arts Museum in Copenhagen and different Droog Design exhibitions.

Beaucoup des projets de Marcel Wanders ont été sélectionné pour les collections et les exhibitions de design les plus importantes dans le monde comme le Museum of Modern Art à New York et à San Francisco, le V&A Museum à Londres, le Stedelijk Museum à Amsterdam, le Museum Boijmans van Beuningen à Rotterdam, le Central Museum à Utrecht, le Museum des Arts de décoration à Copenhagen et plusieurs exhibitions  Droog Design.


Prizes and rewards:

  • Winner of the 2005/2006 Elle Decoration International Design Awards: ‘Best Designer”
  • ‘Best 2006 Designer’ nomination by the Italian magazine Gioia Casa
  • ‘Best interior professionals’ Nomination for Moooi, Dutch Woonawards 2006
  • Best interior product’ for Moooi Boutique, Dutch Woonawards 2006
  • Winner of the 2004/2005 Elle Decoration International Design Awards (sittings) with the ‘Carbon chair’, design by Bertjan Pot e Marcel Wanders for Moooi 
  • World Technology Award by The World Technology Network 2004. 
  • ‘Designer of the Year 2004’ nomination by Blueprint magazine in collaboration with Nasdaq, Microsoft, Time Magazine and Science Magazine.
  • Nomination Moooi obtained in the 2003 FX-award for the collection
  • Winner of the 2003 Elle Decoration International Design Award with ‘Patchwork plates’, lunch collection
  • ‘Man of the Year” nomination by the Netherlandish magazine MAN in 2002
  • Designer of the year’ for the magazine WIRED in 2001 Wired Rave awards
  • Nomination Alterpoint Design Award 2000
  • George Nelson Award (Interiors magazine) 2000
  • Kho Liang Consolation prize
  • Rotterdam Design Prize with the Knotted Chair






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