Marcel Wanders grew up in Boxtel, the Netherlands, and graduated cum laude from the School of the Arts Arnhem in 1988. Currently, he is an independent industrial product designer operating from Amsterdam where he runs his own studio designing products and interiors for the best international labels, including Moooi (of which he is art director), Cappellini, Bisazza, Mandarina Duck, B&B Italia, Vitra, Kartell, Moroso, Cassina, Droog Design, Flos and Boffi. He also works on architectural projects as well as interior design.
Wanders collaborates in other design-related projects such as the Vitra Summer Workshop where he has served as a project leader and he is among the first and most important designers of Droog design. Wanders has been a juror for various prizes such as the Rotterdam Design Prize (for which his own products were nominated several times) and the Kho Liang Ie prize. He lectured at SFMoMA, Limn, the Design Academy, Nike, IDFA, FutureDesignDays and has taught at various design academies in the Netherlands and abroad. For 2004 he has been chosen as the editor of the International Design Year Book. Currently Wanders is working on a Monograph by Phaidon.
Designs of Marcel Wanders have been selected for the most important design collections and exhibitions in the world, like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam and various Droog Design exhibitions.
Coverage on Marcel has been published in all leading design magazines such as Domus, Interni, Blueprint, Design Report, Frame, I.D. magazine, Arbitare, Surface, Wallpaper, Nylon, View on Colour, Elle decoration, Icon, Esquire, the Financial Times and Business Week.