As a child, Marcel Wanders loved making gifts for people. Nowadays he designs for the world, making unique gifts that are meaningful to the people receiving them as well as to the designer himself. After graduating with honours from the Arnhem School of the Arts he did not have to wait long for fame. He received rave reviews at the first Droog design exhibition in Milan in 1993 and later for his Knotted chair, created for Droog in 1996, which saw him sky rocket to stardom in the design world and is now an iconic piece of design.
Wanders began the high end design label Moooi in 2000, which he co-founded with Casper Vissers. Not one to sit back, Wanders remains extremely active as art director of Moooi, in addition to designing new and awe-inspiring designs for the collection. Over a period of two decades, Wanders has and continues to design for leading international companies. His innovative use of material and technology, coupled with his graceful combination of the old and the new as well as his trademark ‘tongue in cheek’, make his products instantly recognisable.
In recent years Marcel Wanders has set new standards in interior design, with projects ranging from retail stores to hotels to luxury suites. Museums all around the world recognise his genius, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco, the V&A Museum in London and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam feature his work in their collections. He was named Elle’s Decoration Designer of the Year in 2006 and was selected as one of Europe’s 25 Leaders of Change by Business Week.