Multi-award-winning designer Sabine Marcelis was raised in New Zealand but now works in the Netherlands. Marcelis creates product installations and designs which are designed to have a strong impact on our senses, not just become a thing. She focuses on materiality, how the properties of an object change how it is used, with all of her designs, leading her to create objects with properties not seen before.
Marcelis’s work has gained her recognition and awards across the world, including the prestigious Wallpaper awards ‘Designer of the Year 2020’, the Design Prize 2019 in the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ category, The Elle Deco International Design award 2019 ‘Young Designer of the Year’ and ‘GQ Men of the Year 2019’ International Artist of the Year.
Working frequently with glass and resin, Marcelis is involved with industry specialists, enabling her to start work during the manufacturing process. But why these materials? Simply, their versatility is displayed both in form and color. Either can be formed into a smooth or sharp shape whilst being a solid color, see-through or anything in between.
Her first solo show Dawn Lights took place at Victor Hunt Gallery in Brussels, Belgium in 2016, which was followed by Dawn Lights XL in Brussels (2018) and No Fear of Glass at the Mies van der Rode Pavillion in Barcelona (2019). Marcelis designed the Dutch Pavilion at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and recently showed Colour Rush at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Her work is part of the permanent collections of museums in The Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Germany.