Competition: five copies of Marcel Wanders -
Behind the Ceiling to be won



Dezeen and publishers Gestalten have got together to offer readers the chance to win five copies of new monograph Marcel Wanders - Behind the Ceiling, launched this week.


The hardback book presents Wanders' work over the last ten years.


It includes projects for brands including Tichelaar Makkum, Royal Delft, B&B Italia, Poliform, Moroso, Cappellini and Droog, as well as his personal art editions and designs for Moooi, of which he is also art director and co-owner.


Theatrical performances, installations and unpublished projects are also presented.


This competition has now closed.


The five winners will be selected at random and notified by email. Winners’ names will be published at the bottom of this page and in a future edition of our Dezeenmail newsletter.


Here's some more information about the book from Gestalten:


Dutch designer Marcel Wanders is undeniably one of the most prolific and celebrated international designers today. Marcel Wanders: Behind the Ceiling is the highly anticipated first monograph on the star designer. It charts his provocative body of work and stellar career.


Wanders has garnered fame through his ingenious talent, turning conceptual visions into stunning products and dazzling environments by fusing cutting-edge technology, artistry and a love of the bizarre. Wanders’ designs are characteristically buoyant and imbued with his signature irony and quirky dry wit that evoke imagination; nevertheless, his furniture, lighting, interior designs, tableware, decorative porcelain and ceramic vases are unpretentiously urbane.


Lavishly printed, this book showcases Marcel Wanders’ work over the past decade. It features tableware for the renowned Dutch porcelain manufacturers Tichelaar Makkum and Royal Delft, as well as his personal art editions such as his acclaimed oversized ceramic bells, crochet seating and sculptures launched by his own studio. In addition, it presents textiles and furniture he has designed for an extensive client list including brands such as B&B Italia, Poliform, Moroso, Cappellini, Droog as well as Moooi, of which he is also Art Director and co-owner. An entertainer at heart, his theatrical performances and installations are also included, which prove his exceptional skill at amplifying experience with mesmerising environments.


The book also introduces designs for interiors and architecture such as the extraordinary “all over city” hospitality-concept Lute Suites he established in Amsterdam as well as unpublished projects, including the new Mondrian South Beach Hotel in Miami and the Villa Moda flagship store in Bahrain, scheduled to open its doors in 2009.


Marcel Wanders: Behind the Ceiling includes stunning photographs and sketches, and accompanying text along with abundant quotes from the designer himself offers a first-hand account of Wanders’ irresistible universe.


Book Information
Title: Marcel Wanders
Subtitle: Behind the Ceiling
By: Marcel Wanders
Editors: R. Klanten, S. Moreno, A. Mollard
Language: English
Format: 24 x 30 cm, 320 pages, full colour, hardcover
Price: € 49,90 / $ 70,00 / £ 45,00
ISBN: 978-3-89955-234-8


Congratulations to the winners! Mojca Vehar in Slovenia, Sebastian Jansson in Italy, Rebecca Littman in the USA and Francis Young and Hugh O’Neill in the UK all won copies of Marcel Wanders – Beyond the Ceiling, published by Gestalten.



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Posted on Wednesday April 15th 2009 at 3:47 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Marcel i looove Yoo

  • guerilla

    I love how the book cover says, “I’m a rich clown”.

  • Oh Marcel. Such joy you have brought me, such ingenuity, so much inspiration, so many places to escape to in my mind….

  • x

    of course you do prof Z. you have poor taste! hehe haha huhu blah humph

  • “I’m a rich clown”, Starck used the same metaphor , a red nose but never said “i’m rich”, Wanders used a golden nose (this photo was made by french design mag Intramuros for a cover , Intramuros is with english text too)….

  • Looks very, very promising..
    I would definitely add this book to my collection.

    I don’t need five copies though, just one will do ;-)

  • I still do not see what’s so great about Marcel’s designs… overrated?

  • Very nice book! Love to have it for my collection! Wonders of wanders!

  • Starck did use the same metaphor some years ago, when it was culturally appropriate to be the “in your face” designer. Things have changed a little bit since, maybe a little bit of humble pie should be on every designer’s menu.

  • blue

    agree with R.Trelles. just looks cheap to me

  • b

    good..finally a book
    now does this mean the end of an era .. will he move on now?
    he does have a beautiful mind..but well..we now do sort of know what neo baroque things with flower prints look like..not as avantgarde anymore as het thinks it is..

  • Marcel Mooi Wonders Wanders . is not only a neo-baroque furniture designer,graphic designer and DA…it’s a not only a great name as STARck, t a great Workeraddict ….not a “lazy designer” with only a signature

  • Jim Ferguson

    Put me down for one of Marcel’s books – I love this fruit loop!

  • i received insult in dutch on my mail …I’m free to love may be thousand of designers in the world and not you : dutch design is dominant now but it’s not a label of quality in art or design.

  • Patrice Lachance

    WOW! What a nice book. Definitely my kind of book!
    Really nice!

  • willem kuling

    AM I TOO LATE…? hope not, as i would love to win this book.

  • martin

    who won??

  • Hugh O’Neill

    Just got it, such a nice book.