5 min­utes with: Mar­cel Wan­ders

THE MAN BE­HIND THE MAR­CEL WAN­DERS DE­SIGN STU­DIO AND CO-FOUNDER OF FUR­NI­TURE HOUSE MOOOI TALKS ALL THINGS CRE­ATIVE AND CUT­TING-EDGE.

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What in­spires you per­son­ally? To me, in­spi­ra­tion is about that burn­ing fire that sits in­side, that big life ques­tion you have about where you are and what you’re here for and what you’re go­ing to do with your life. I want to cre­ate de­signs that are dif­fer­ent, more hu­man­is­tic, more po­etic, more per­sonal, more sub­jec­tive and less demo­cratic. That’s what I am look­ing for. To me, in­spi­ra­tion comes from in­side.

De­scribe your vi­sion in three words. Hu­man­is­tic, ro­man­tic, sub­jec­tive.

What makes Moooi’s de­signs stand out? We try to find de­sign­ers who have their own point of view, who want to make some­thing they think is im­por­tant.

Favourite ho­tel you’ve de­signed? I’ve worked on seven or so ho­tels… My first was the Mon­drian in Mi­ami. My own ho­tel is the An­daz Ho­tel in Am­s­ter­dam and my last ho­tel was the Mon­drian in Doha, so these are my favourites, but I do love all of them.

Favourite build­ing in the world? I was in Cologne re­cently and I saw the cathe­dral, so for now that’s [my favourite]. It’s so great, it’s so pow­er­ful. They’ve been work­ing on it for 770 years. That’s com­mit­ment! If, as a so­ci­ety, you don’t change your mind for 770 years, that’s amaz­ing. Visit moooi.com and marcel­wan­ders.com.

‘Nest’ sofa, from $2740; ‘O.’ armchair, $3554; ‘Zio’ din­ing ta­ble, from $7558; all by Mar­cel Wan­ders for Moooi, Space Fur­ni­ture.

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