10 Best Design Projects By Marcel Wanders – Marcel Wanders. What can we say about a legend in the world of design? One of the world’s best interior designers, the worldwide renowned Marcel Wanders has made his mission to “create an environment of love, live with passion and make our most exciting dreams come true.” His work excites, provokes, and polarises, but never fails to surprise for its ingenuity, daring and singular quest to uplift the human spirit, and entertain. Best Design Projects invites you to take a look at the 10 best interior design projects by this top interior designer. In his designs, including residential projects, Marcel Wanders often mixes innovative materials and techniques with references to well-known historical styles and archetypes, so users can easily connect to the pieces, enjoying them for a long time and in doing so create sustainable surroundings.
1) Oh! project, 2017 (residential)
From the collaboration with Uribe & Schwarzkopf, residential marvel was created by Wanders&YOO. The Oh! project (2016) is a nature-inspired living space set in the exclusive urban neighborhood of Gonzales Suarez in Ecuador. It encompasses two towers of 102 apartments. Divided into one, two and three-bedroom typologies, the project by Marcel Wanders includes extensive public, entertaining areas. These common areas include a spa, multi-purpose sports court, a fitness center, a teen area and kids club, an outdoor cinema hidden in-between trees on the 21st floor, rooms for games or business, a sunset lounge, a communal terrace, and yoga deck. The apartments in this project are executed in three different styles. The Fire Style uses contrasting patterns and surfaces to spark passion like fireworks. The Air Style creates serenity with soft colors and materials and natural light. Finally, the calming Earth Style utilizes warm tones and woods, mosaics and stone. Infused with botanicals, Oh! offers a living experience inspired by local flora and fauna. Neighbors become friends as common living areas extend the residences with hand-tufted shaved carpets and hanging gardens. Designed for smarter living, Oh! creates a community and a sense of belonging.
2) Taipei residence, 2015 (residential)
Lovingly conceived and richly designed, the Private Residence Taipei by Marcel Wanders is filled with local-inspired elements that blend to offer an unmatched sense of place. Within each individually designed room, reliefs and bespoke furniture set an exquisite tone. In addition to the master bedroom suite, the floor plan includes two guest bedrooms, a dining and show kitchen, as well as an entertainment and study room. Black woven Jester textile walls dress the master bedroom with a royal flair, while nightstands with One Minute lamps and a free-standing headboard divide the entire space. Colorful mosaics by Bisazza, luxurious furniture, thick red woven carpets in the study, and warm woods give the entire residence multiple moods and different atmospheres – from bright and glamourous to sensual and mysterious.
3) Amsterdam Residence, 2008 (Residential)
When it comes to residential projects, it’s not a house someone wants. By a house, you want a place to call home. And a house becomes a home when bespoke design touches and thoughtful organization is applied throughout. In the Private Residence by Marcel Wanders, Amsterdam (2008), details of typical Dutch typology create a monumental and refined feeling from one room to the next. Given the architecture space of merely 102m2 inside and a garden area of 100m2 outside, the overall concept allows for the garden and home to live in harmony. Strong interior design elements such as the semi-circular wall, the intricate wooden parquet flooring with different types of wood inlays and the paneled ceiling of cast GRG with relief give the main living area an iconic presence. Outside, the garden is designed with artificial topiaries, black and white marble tiles and ceramic wallflowers, creating a calming oasis within this exuberant experience.
4) Casa Son Vida, 2009 (Residential)
This ultra-luxurious Mediterranean villa by Marcel Wanders breathes sophistication. Located in Mallorca, Casa Son Vida (2009) is a state-of-the-art residence that introduces the modern to the classic and the present to the futuristic. With bold, juxtaposed and tactile surfaces, the high-design atmosphere throughout represents the shift toward sustainability as an expression of architecture and technology. Bespoke pieces from Marcel Wanders, Poliform, Cappellini, MOOOI, Baccarat and Bisazza fill the 850m2 residence giving it a deep sense of place. From its curved corners to its classic lines, a unique home emerges and reveals a playground for reliefs and spaces. Casa Son Vida is a house that inspires and redefines contemporary luxury living.
5) Villa Moda Bahrain, 2008 (Residential)
As the ultimate marketplace, the Villa Moda Bahrain (2008) by Marcel Wanders pulses with the richness of overlapping cultures and showcases the artisanship, motifs, and techniques of local craftsmen. Set in a prime central location with views of the sea, this enchanting international souk hosts innovative and luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Fendi. Designed as a treasure trove, the 1050m2 retail space in Bahrain is laid out like a small ancient city and each building houses a specific department or brand. A long, narrow corridor leads to a dramatic space with a high-ceiling, giant black and white patterns on custom-made carpets, over-scale wallpaper and Bisazza mosaics. A modest black and white color palette serve as the backdrop for the luxurious, colorful items on display.
6) IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous, 2017 (Hospitality)
The Iberostar Grand Portals Nous (2017) by Marcel Wanders is an indulgent five-star hotel where guests are rejuvenated through pampered recreation. Nestled on a magnificent beach, this luxurious setting uses transparencies, whites and reflective surfaces to create a flow of openness. Emphasizing craft and tactile design, the Mallorquin style is reinforced, inspiring guests with the scenery of Spain. From the lobby’s bouquet motif to the boundless luxury of the hotel’s 66 rooms, four penthouse suites and five themed suites, guests discover a recurrent theme of life. Outside are manicured gardens and a pool with a 30+ meter water cascade and bar. A secret garden offers clandestine seating areas, a daybed and a Tree of Life. An extensive gym, a spa featuring a steam room, sauna and treatment rooms complete this destination to fulfill your ultimate dreams.
7) Mondrian Doha, 2017 (Hospitality)
A wonderful story unfolds around every turn in this contemporary classic hotel, whose iconic building is designed by SWA architects. The Mondrian Doha in Qatar (2017) is a 5-star destination designed by Marcel Wanders and operated by the global hospitality company be, drawing on local knowledge and exhibiting innovative materials and techniques. Each space possesses its own identity, allowing guests to form a collection of stories woven with a main theme that runs throughout. Marcel Wanders’ signature style spans from the hotel’s lobby and restaurants to its royal penthouses, VIP units, suites, premium, and standard rooms. Bespoke designs reflect local patterns, Arabic writing, and historic souks. Giant columns with golden eggs, a ‘tree of life’ made of flowers, falcon video art, ornate stained glass, and intricate mosaic tiling add to this most luxurious and holistic hotel experience.
8) Eden Hotel, 2015 (Hospitality)
As part of the Revolution Precrafted Properties collection, Eden (2015) is a luxurious pre-crafted home designed from a human perspective and built from the inside out by Marcel Wanders. This peaceful sanctuary dispels the notion that prefabricated houses ought to be only practical and inexpensive. Eden is where families reconnect with others and create treasured memories, in a monumental setting. This inside microcosms becomes spacious through the amplified use of glass and finds its only border in plants that serve as breathable boundaries. The extended roof over the terrace, connecting outside to inside, creates a limitless living area. The roof is sustained by two rows of hand-woven textile columns that cast shadows during the day and light up dramatically at night. The materials, colors, and finishes of its Natural style create an authentic setting that offers a true sense of belonging.
9) Maison Decorté, 2017 (Retail)
Marcel Wanders’ Maison Decorté (2017) is located in the Ginza Six shopping complex in Tokyo, Japan and here, you are invited to take a journey to renew the mind, body, and spirit. With a full range of Decorté cosmetics, facial and body treatments, this space an exclusive retail & spa experience.
Four themed environments, divided into three treatment rooms and retail space, represent nature’s effect on female skin throughout. In the welcoming space, the first theme, rejuvenation, is designed to restore and inspire the body to fight gravity and spring forth life. The second room offers the shield of a lush forest that diffuses the sun’s harmful rays, warming the skin without causing damage. In the third room, where crystals form and solidify, a woman’s skin is suspended in a perpetual state of purification. Finally, in the last of the treatment rooms, the skin is calmed and reborn in a dim and mysterious place. At Maison Decorté, connecting with nature holistically, guests emerge revitalized, refreshed and completely renewed.
10) Mandarina Duck Flagship Store, 2008 (Retail)
For the iconic luggage brand, Mandarina Duck, a living, breathing retail space was created. The Mandarina Duck (2008) by Marcel Wanders was completed for the purpose of introducing their Italian-made clothing and luggage lines. Beautifully designed, this location is anchored in the tale of Gulliver, perhaps the most legendary British traveler. Bright yellow, and without clothing, a seven-meter tall figure stands to connect the two floors of the building. Supporting his presence is a two-story chromed breathing mirror wall and 40 other mannequins designed to breathe. Their subtle movements present the Mandarina Duck brand in the most realistic and humanized way. Inside, glass tables and shelves display items, while outside a constant stream of air-bubbles accentuate the living identity of the brand.