I happen to enjoy being around people who are unusual. Eccentric, left of center people who see things in an imaginative, happy and passionate way. Those who get the strange looks or who can be misunderstood because they speak whimsically, gesture frequently, dress questionably, have bright pink hair or in the alternate, are wildly elegant. They don’t apologize for it either — no, no — and that makes me smile.
I imagine Dutch artisan Marcel Wanders is one of those people. I don’t know him personally but I’ve admired his fantastical work and views for a few years now. He began as a product designer and has branched into designing furniture and both interiors and exteriors. His art direction is original and a bit unusual and defiant — but he’s a creative thinker nonetheless. The Marcel Wanders website has quite a few images of a hotels and private residences he put together as well as his Mooi product lines. You can also catch him in person in this House & Home interview. As you will see, his designs use pattern freely and are both tongue-in-cheek and theatrical. The results are fantasies that are fun, colorful and free flowing and if they speak to you, you connect with them for life.
I would live within his surprising patterns and designs happily — they are not for everyone, but I imagine that even if they are not your cup of tea, you might enjoy visiting his world for a bit.
On February 1, 2014, Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum will hold a design exhibition showcasing a 25-year span of his work. Not bad for someone who was kicked out of the Design Academy Eindhoven for having no talent. I hope you’ve enjoyed the work of Marcel Wanders — and be sure to think about adding a dose of extraordinary to your normal day!