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.
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.