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SABINE MARCELIS

PRODUCT + SPATIAL DESIGNER

Sabine Marcelis

New Zealand-raised Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis is an award-winning product, installation, and spatial designer with a focus on materiality and sustainability. Exploring the interplay between light, color, and transparency, her work is at the forefront of contemporary material innovation in product and installation design.

 

Creating a dialogue between object and user, Marcelis develops sensorial experiences in which the experience becomes the function, with a refined and unique aesthetic. Using material research and experimentation to intervene in the manufacturing process, she forges partnerships with industry specialists to bring her ambitiously experimental projects to fruition.

Marcelis is the recipient of two prestigious Wallpaper* awards: Designer of the Year 2020 and the 2019 Design Prize for Newcomer of the Year, as well as the ELLE DECOR International Design Award for Young Designer of the Year and GQ’s International Artist of the Year, both in 2019. She has also been selected as a mentor for the 2021 Lexus Design Award, the international design competition for the world’s emerging designers.

 

Her work has been exhibited at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and Musee des art Decoratif, Paris. Her custom project client list includes Fendi, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Aesop, Burberry x Opening Ceremony,  A. Lange & Söhne, and IKEA.

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NOORRIYADH FESTIVAL

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MISS DIOR

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I always strive to make people curious. I would want people to really wonder how on earth this is made and how it can be balancing the way it is. It is a playful piece, so I hope people take away both a sense of wonder and a sense of happiness. - Sabine Marcelis

-Sabine Marcelis
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MIRAGE

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THE SHAPES OF WATER

FENDI

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FENDI x Sabine Marcelis, Design Miami/ Basel

"It is through clean and soft lines and the use of ethereal materials such as polished resin and water in contrast with the historical travertine stone, and warm colors reminiscent of the Roman skies, that the fountains of Sabine Marcelis represent the perfect fusion between the historical, creative and aesthetic legacy of FENDI and its courage to provoke."

- FENDI
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FENDI x Sabine Marcelis

"Now, more than ever, innovative design-led ideas will play an important role in shaping our future. I cannot wait to guide and help shape and realize these ideas…putting a focus on sustainable production processes and innovative and environmentally friendly material choices."

- Sabine Marcelis
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FENDI x Sabine Marcelis, detail
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FENDI x Sabine Marcelis

"The designer has choreographed them in such a way that as one walks through the space these differences are noticeable, giving the installation both visual and acoustic qualities. The serene simplicity of the fountains is deceptive, however; a complex mechanism provides the magic unseen."

- Wallpaper*
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IKEA

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‘Art places an important part in our everyday lives; it triggers emotions, sparks conversations. Having this imaginative space and time in our lives enriches us as human beings. This collection explores the sweet spot between art and design.’

- Henrik Most, Creative Leader at IKEA

BOA POUF

HEM

'Sabine’s mastery of colour and geometry makes her a natural collaborator for Hem and we have admired her work for years.'

-Petrus Palmér, founder and CEO of HEM
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'I have this fascination and love with the donut. It is such a perfectly complete and finite shape that is straightforward but not boring.'

-Sabine Marcelis
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CALICO WALLPAPER

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Calico Wallpaper by Sabine Marcelis

"We laid the foundation for Calico Wallpaper during Hurricane Sandy in 2013. Though different from the present moment in so many ways, that time of uncertainty left us stuck in our Brooklyn home, looking for creative outlets to provide solace and ignite our imaginations. We want to remind the global design community—and everyone it touches—that the crises of today will also pass.

- Rachel Cope, Co-Founder of Calico Wallpaper
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24 HOURS

A. LANGE & SÖHNE

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A. Lange & Söhne x Sabine Marcelis: 24 Hours
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A. Lange & Söhne x Sabine Marcelis: 24 Hours
A. Lange & Söhne x Sabine Marcelis: 24 Hours

“Limited edition pieces and site-specific work are my main focus right now. It’s liberating – and that’s very important to me. Being able to move on to other projects gives me a real sense of freedom in my work.”

- Sabine Marcelis
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“These simple gestures of reflection, shadow, refraction, fusion – it’s all made possible simply because of the existence of light."

- Sabine Marcelis
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THE GREEN LIFE

LA RINASCENTE

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La Rinascente x Sabine Marcelis: The Green Life

"Colorful disks of plexiglass twist and float around the many kinds of plants and trees, overlapping to contribute to a constant changing and alternating of colors. As a result, a dance is created where color and nature take the lead."

-Designboom
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“The three projects confirm Sabine Marcelis’s approach to design, providing an authentic sensorial experience transcending static simplicity with a unique and refined aesthetic.”

- ELLE DECOR
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SPATIAL DESIGN

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Salle Privée House No. 8
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Salle Privée House No. 8
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Salle Privée House No. 8
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Burberry x Opening Ceremony
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Burberry x Opening Ceremony
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Fendi, Hong Kong Art Basel
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Fendi, Hong Kong Art Basel
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Aesop Vedovelle Fountain
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Aesop Vedovelle Fountain
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Biennale Interieur Belgium
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Biennale Interieur Belgium
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Study Centre of Het Nieuwe Instituut
Le Pristine Restaurant
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Barcelona Pavilion
Barcelona Pavilion
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OBJECTS

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Seeing Glass
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Seeing Glass

"Her lights and mirrors focus on the use of circular shapes to project illumination and reflection. With resin, glass, and neon her pieces stand out in a variety of colorways and slightly off-kilter structures giving them a natural, almost organic feel. It’s a beautiful study in light and color.”

- Visual Pleasure Magazine
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Totem Lights
Totem Lights
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Soap Table
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“Her practice has mainly been based on capturing the wide-ranging effects of light hitting curiously diverse types of mass. Her pieces have thus become an intellectually hearty and chromatically thrilling condensation of large-scale natural happenstances, such as the moment sunlight converses with the mountains and the sea, into functional objects and compact installations brought down to their essence.”

-Wallpaper*
Onyx and resin coffee table presented at Design Miami/
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Onyx and off-set resin coffee table
No Fear of Glass
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Seeing Glass at Palau de Casavells
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Dawn Light
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Dawn Light

“Inspiration can spark from anywhere, often in the form of the smallest, most unexpected details when I’m traveling. Nature is also a huge source of inspiration, like when the sun meets a passing cloud and creates this magical, changing moment. That’s why I love working with glass and cast resins, because of the way they interact with light.”

- Sabine Marcelis
SE69 Chair by Martin Visser, version by Sabine Marcelis
SE69 Chair by Martin Visser, version by Sabine Marcelis
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Lazy Susans
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Selected work
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SELECTED PRESS

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