The Stedelijk Museum, in Amsterdam, has mounted Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up at the Stedelijk. The super-talented Wanders is internationally renowned for his product, furniture and interior designs, as well as art direction and this is the first major design exhibition to be presented at the Stedelijk following its reopening. Ranging from the late 1980s to the present more than 400 objects are on display in the museum’s new wing which encompass Wanders’ furniture, lamps, utensils, cutlery, wallpaper, packaging, and jewelry. The show also includes images of interiors, design sketches, prototypes, experimental work in small editions, “virtual interiors” and new experimental digital work.
Conceived in three parts, there’s a white zone, which offers an analysis of Wanders’ work based on 10 different themes, a black zone presenting work of a more personal and experimental nature and a lounge where Wanders’ role as Art Director for design brands, including Moooi, is explored. All of Wander’s iconic works are featured, like the Set Up Shades lamp (1989), the Knotted Chair (1995-1996), and the Airborne Snotty Vases (2001). Many other designs, some of which were created especially for this exhibition, are on view for the first time. “Marcel Wanders is a creative and innovative force as a designer, driven by a clear and distinctive vision from the very start of his career” says Ingeborg de Roode, Curator of Industrial Design and the organizer of this exhibit. “Few designers can boast such a combination of talents. Now, at the zenith of his 25-year career, it is a perfect time for a museum analysis of his influential professional practice.”
I’ve been pricing tickets to London, Amsterdam and possibly the South of France and this show, along with the newly reopened Van Gogh museum, is at the top of my to-do list, if that ticket gets booked. The show is up until June 15, 2014.