marcel wanders in conversation
15 Feb 2014

This Stedelijk|Forum designer Marcel Wanders will engage in a conversation with Ingeborg de Roode (curator Industrial Design, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) and Penny Sparke (Professor of Design History, Kingston University London), to discuss the inspirations for and broader context of Wanders’ internationally acclaimed designs. 

Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
3 - 5 pm
Entrance price to the Stedelijk Museum + €2,50 Public Program fee

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Marcel Wanders, One Minute Delft Blue, vases, 2006 Personal Editions
Marcel Wanders, One Minute Delft Blue, vases, 2006 Personal Editions

During this Saturday afternoon, the speakers explore the variety of narratives – both historical and contemporary – in Wanders’ work. Ingeborg de Roode will focus on the designer’s contemporary work as product designer, followed by a lecture by Penny Sparke, who has also written catalogue essay for the exhibition, entitled “Marcel Wanders’ Interiors  in Context”. In this essay, as well as her lecture on Wanders, Sparke brings in a more historical perspective on interior design and relates this to the work of Wanders. The afternoon will be concluded by a conversation between Marcel Wanders and the two preceding speakers to further elaborate on his many projects, including his work for Moooi.


3.00 – 3.10pm Welcome
3.10 – 3.30pm Lecture by Ingeborg de Roode
3.30 – 4.00pm Lecture by Penny Sparke
4.15 - 4:40pm Conversation between Marcel Wanders, Ingeborg de Roode and Penny Sparke 


Ingeborg de Roode
De Roode, curator of Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up, studied History of Art at the University of Leiden. Since 2001, she is the curator for industrial design in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. She has organised many temporary exhibits on design and, for the reopening of the Stedelijk Museum in 2012 she co-curated the much praised design collection. She has published on GDR design, the cooperation between designers and industry, the application of new materials and technology, international furniture design and other subjects. Her current research is on furniture in the Amsterdam School Period and contemporary international industrial design.

Penny Sparke
Sparke is Professor of Design History at Kingston University, London. Between 1982 and 1999 she taught on, and subsequently led, the History of Design programme run by London’s Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum. Her best known publications include An Introduction to Design & Culture, 1900 to the present; As Long As It’s Pink: The Sexual Politics of Taste; Italian Design; Japanese Design; and, most recently, Elsie de Wolfe: The Birth of Modern Interior Decoration and The Modern Interior. She has also curated a number of exhibitions and broadcast widely on her specialist area. 

Marcel Wanders
Wanders graduated in 1988 from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (now ArtEZ) in Arnhem, the Netherlands. In 1996, he made his international breakthrough with the Knotted Chair, a miracle of transparency in which a high tech material is combined with a low-tech macramé technique. At first, Wanders was primarily associated with the avant-garde, conceptual direction of Dutch Design, which created an international furor largely through the activities of the Droog Design platform. However, Wanders soon found his way into the wider design industry, with particular success abroad. Since then, his designs have been sold worldwide