CHANDELIER"The bell for me is the first instrument of mass communication. Even today, it is a symbol of the gathering of people. I use the bell to hide the chandelier, and I like that it attracts people to move to the table"DELFT BLUE FIGURE"I wanted to create a collection in which I give some personality to industrially produced pieces. I painted these objects by hand with the company that makes the classic and original Delft blue glazing"BEAR BRICK"I love these designer toys and at some point its makers sent me a white one and I painted it by hand"SABHAM ADHAN PAINTING"I bought this when I was visiting Damascus. It is not the type of work I would normally buy, as it's so expressionistic. But it is done so well and with so much passion that I had to buy it"DAMIEN HIRST DOT PAINTING"This was a gift from a friend of mine. It represents a type of medicine that has gold inside it and creates obesity deliberately. I love the idea that gold itself makes us feel like we want more"
There is a conviction and passion in Mr Wanders' work that defies its deceptive frivolity. As Mr Robert Thiemann, the esteemed design critic and editor-in-chief of Frame magazine, wrote, Mr Wanders' work is pervaded by "passion, frankness, and the need to experiment - all the qualities that professionals eventually tend to lose throughout the course of their career... the qualities behind love and amateurism".
More romantic and lavish than your average "lifestyle" designs, Mr Wanders' exuberant award-winning work ranges from the interiors of the Mondrian South Beach hotel in Miami to lamps for luxurious lighting company Flos. Having first garnered critical attention when his famous "knotted chair" was produced in 1996 by Droog Design, Mr Wanders quickly established his reputation for creating a world where all is not what it seems: the chair looked like delicate macramé, but was in reality firm enough to support a seated body. Mr Wanders is now art director of 11-year-old design brand Moooi, where he continues to break dogmas of modern design with his increasingly decorative and narrative-driven work. In Mr Wanders' world, more is definitely more, and this attitude lends itself to a strong aesthetic that has been called upon by companies including KLM, Google, Alessi and Cappellini.
"I was walking through the city when I was struck by this horse in a shop window and bought it on the spot. It was made for a Peter Greenaway production of an opera here in Holland"
"This is one of my earlier designs. I wanted to make ceramics that were thin, so I referenced eggs and condoms. I put the eggs inside the condoms and sucked out the air until I got these magical shapes"
ARTWORK BY FEMKE HIEMSTRA
"I love the work by this Amsterdam-based artist, and she is making a piece for my new apartment. It's so extremely detailed and fairy-tale-like but somehow evil"
PILOT G-TEC-C4 PEN
"This ordinary pen is extremely sharp and glides over paper so smoothly, making it good for writing and drawing. It also doesn't cost a fortune, so it doesn't matter if I lose it"
"This chair was my first work that represented all my ideas about design. It broke with a lot of dogmas within the design world. It moves away from the idea of perfection and gives a more romantic feeling"