Photos: Comprehensive Retrospective of Marcel Wanders in Amsterdam
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Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam February 1 – June 15,
Marcel Wanders is often compared to Damien Hirst within design circles - an outstanding showman and innovator, with a perfect feel for market trends. The current exhibition in Amsterdam is the most comprehensive retrospective of the designer's work to date in the Netherlands, covering Wanders' 25-year career from the 1980s to the present. In the exhibition poster, the Dutch designer can be seen within a picture frame, pinned to a "canvas" with a huge red sewing pin, thus testifying that by figuratively placing himself with his back against the wall, he has agreed to reveal all of his cards. The exhibition is showcasing more than 400 objects designed by Wanders, including furniture, lamps, jewellery and product packaging, along with design sketches, sculptural objects and interior design projects.
As the head of an office that employs 50 people, the designer once stated in an interview that the hardest part of the design process is the concept itself: "The why. Why do you need a new hotel? Why should there be another teaspoon? That is a designer's real work: to make something that has a right to exist."