Marcel Wanders on early experiences and entrepreneurial life for Friedman Benda’s ‘Design in Dialogue’

December 8, 2020

By Nina Azzarello


on april 1, 2020, new york gallery friedman benda initiated a series of online interviews aimed at connecting individuals across the world with leading voices in the creative field. design in dialogue is a conversational program hosted alternately by curator and historian glenn adamson and designer stephen burks that engages with designers, makers, critics, and curators as they reflect on their careers and creative processes. against the backdrop of COVID-19 and global lockdowns, the conversations are held virtually on zoom for 1 hour for anyone in the world to tune in to, and include a participatory Q&A with the audience in attendance. friedman benda has since presented more than 40 episodes, and will continue with a lineup of future guests, each offering unparalleled insight into the sensibilities, musings, and memories of today’s creative protagonists. see our recent feature of paul cocksedge on object-making at all scales, and a 3-part interview with andrea branzi on his origins, ideas and influential career.

on november 25 2020, design in dialogue welcomed a name everyone in design knows — marcel wanders. the dutch design luminary joined glenn adamson to share his early experiences in the field as a part of the droog collective, his entrepreneurial ventures since — including work in product design, hospitality, brand collaborations, and more — and finally, the introspective heart of his practice, as exemplified in his recent exhibition at friedman benda, simply entitled portraits.


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