Antique Bar Stool by Marcel Wanders
It often seems like the most interesting and innovative designs — be it furniture, graphic, industrial or architectural — come out of the Netherlands. Design is so ingrained in their culture, such a part of their day-to-day existence, that it’s a conducive environment for experimentation and a fertile breeding ground for design talent. I first became aware of Marcel Wanders in the mid 1990s during his meteoric rise to the top of the design world with his Knotted Chair for Droog which firmly established his place among the most promising, young Dutch designers. He’s since had a rather illustrious, and multi-disciplinary, career, working on lighting, furniture and architectural projects while heading up his own studio, Moooi which he established in 2001. I love his latest design, this whimsical, sculptural bar stool that he launched at Milan Design Week. Blending the form and ornamentation of an antique with contemporary colour and materiality, the Antique Bar Stool, which seems almost reminiscent of a chess piece, is an exciting fusion of old and new.
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