SABINE MARCELIS (1985-)
Sabine Marcelis (b.1985 New Zealand) is a designer living and working in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Raised in New Zealand, she was recognized from a young age for her design abilities, being awarded the New Zealand Young Designer of the Year. Marcelis studied industrial design for two years at Victoria University in Wellington, and continued her studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where she graduated in 2011. When graduating the designer was nominated for a fleet of prestigious design grants, such as the ‘Unge Talenter Designpriser’ by the Norsk Designråd, the René Smeets Award, and the Keep an Eye Grant.
Since graduating, she has been operating Studio Sabine Marcelis, working within the fields of product, installation and spatial design with a strong focus on materiality. Her work is characterized by pure forms and natural elements such as the reflections of light and water, which she believes highlight material properties. Growing up in New Zealand Sabine was surrounded by dramatic landscapes, always sensitive to the light of the sky, the ocean and the snow on the mountains, the artist was inspired by the communication of the natural elements. Her work captures these beautiful moments in nature on a smaller scale, as objects or installations.
Over the last decade, the award-winning designer has become known for her work with resin and glass. Her receptiveness for these two materials is due to their manipulability; sharp angular shapes as well as spineless curves can be protracted giving the artist endless scope for form. Moreover, the translucency of the both materials can be adjusted from sheer transparency to milky or solid opaque finishes. Working in collaboration with industry specialists, Marcelis intervenes in the manufacturing processes using material research and experimentation to achieve new and surprising visual effects, applying a strong aesthetic point of you to the material development processes. The series Candy Cubes is an example of the designer’s complex material investigation; a polyester resin mold is used to cast the piece, followed by an intensive polishing process. The cast resin is light sensitive, as sun rays shine down onto the solid blocks, the light illuminates the edges, sugar coating the sides, making the aptly named “marshmallow” colored candy cube appear edible.
As well as playing with natural light, Marcelis also experiments with artificial lighting in her work. The introduction of neon light to her material combinations expresses the relationship between light, color and transparency in a more constant context. In 2015 Marcelis produced the series Dawn Light whereby the introduction of a white neon tube to a series of different geometric resin objects was used to reflect a unique moment in nature; when the sun, clouds and sky all join together, creating a momentary riot of hues. The series was on show at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Holland. Since then Marcelis has continued to work with neon and resin developing complex colour recipes and finishes, resulting in her Totem Series commissioned and sold exclusively by Side Gallery in 2019. The collection is composed of four different sized lighting elements, two table and two standing lamps. The Totems are built with several stacked translucent resin volumes which are slightly rotated on a central axis. The carved-out void where the neon light is inserted allows for a multifaceted play between the twisted planes of polished resin and light reflections. Every angle of the lights is a unique visual experience.
As well as designing object pieces, the Dutch designer has a series of impressive installation projects associated with her profile including, the Aesop Vedovelle Fountain, the Dutch Pavilion at Cannes Film festival 2017, a Light installation at Biennale Interieur 2018, The Solo Sun Dial project 2018, Burberry x OC in 2018 and De/Coding ‘Alcantara in the tapestry Rooms’ in 2019. Perhaps her most famous installation was her Shapes of Water or Fendi Fountains installation, first exhibited at Design Miami 2018. The ten water sculptures designed from cast resin were a continuation of Marcelis experience and experimentation in material practices, projecting her own vision her elegant avant-garde creativity corresponded directly with the Fendi philosophy.
The designers most prestigious exhibition yet, was her museum show “NO FEAR OF GLASS” in December 2019. The intervention commissioned by Side Gallery in collaboration with the Mies Van de Rohe Foundation, consisted of five original works by the Dutch designer, meticulously placed within the Pavilion. The five pieces were designed to extrude from the architecture itself; two large chaise lounges were pulled up from the ground by extending the travertine floor to form a base, they were sliced with a singular sheet of curved glass which was seemingly pulled from the walls. The two materials met and became sculptural yet functional furniture pieces. Eight chrome columns provide the structural support for the roof of the pavilion. Marcelis introduced a ninth mirrored-glass column which functioned as a light and was placed in line with the structural columns, blending in seamlessly with the architecture, both in form and materiality. In the water pond outside the pavilion, a curved glass fountain could be seen bending the water upwards from the ground, and letting it spill over and back down.
Marcelis won the 2020 Wallpaper Designer of Year Award, her material exploration continues to create surprising applications as her reputations reaches all corners of the world. The designer continues to be represented by Side Gallery where a number of her pieces can be seen, including the series, Voie Lights, Seeing Glass, Filter lights, Totem Lights, Candy Cubes and others.
The Barragan Gallery & Color Rush! An Installation by Sabine Marcelis
VITRA SCHAUDEPOT MUSEUM
MAY 13TH 2022 - MAY 1ST 2023
In the spring of 2023 the Vitra Schaudepot Museum was pleased to present the opening of new Barragán Gallery, as part of a newly established partnership between the Barragan Foundation, located in Birsfelden, near Basel in Switzerland, and the Vitra Design Museum. In conjunction with the opening, Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis has transformed the Schaudepot collection in one simple, sweeping gesture by sorting its roughly four hundred exhibits by colour.
NO FEAR OF GLASS BY SABINE MARCELIS
MIES VAN DER ROHE PAVILION
DEC 19 2019 - JAN 12 2019
Side Gallery and Sabine Marcelis in collaboration with the Fundació Mies van der Rohe held the exhibition “No Fear of Glass” in December 2019. The site-specific intervention took the title from ‘Fear of glass’, the book about the Barcelona Pavilion by Josep Quetglas, the proposal aimed to explore the contrast between the request made to Mies van der Rohe to “not use too much glass” with the creative proposal of Sabine Marcelis herself, where glass was the key element of the exhibition, pushing the material’s limits to the end.
JUN 2020 - SEP 2020
CASAVELLS is a unique almost hidden space in the Catalonian region of L’Empordà, set in an antique masía (farmhouse) from XVIII century that brings together a harmonic coexistence be- tween art, craft and design. Committed to innovation and tradition, the gallery collects, preserves, and promotes modern and contemporary art and design, whilst exploring ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial initiatives and collaborations. Casavells 2020 combined a younger generation of designers born after 1980, exploring new techniques, materials and sensations of the design world. Alongside the display of cutting edge colorful organic forms, the 2020 edit dedicated a room to a collective exhibition of craft including works by contemporary basket makers from around the world, promoting and preserving ancient techniques, as well as experimenting with new and innovative weaves.
KLEUREYCK. VAN EYCK’S
COLOUR IN DESIGN
KLEUREYCK DESIGN MUSEUM
MAR 13 2019 - FEB 21 2020
The design museum of Ghent presented the exhibition “Van eyck’s colours in design”. The contemporary show was based on the flemish master Jan Van Eyck’s skilful use of color. The curators Siegrid Demyttenaere and Sofie Lachaert brought together a selection of flemish designers and international names, including Nendo, Sabine Marcelis, Muller van Severen and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec among others. The exhibition was due to open in March but was delayed till post quarantine. The exhibition was thus extended to February 2021.
TURN ME ON... NOW!
MAR 25 2019 - JUL 25 2019
Turn me on…NOW was an exhibition presented by Side Gallery in Barcelona. The spring/summer show was dedicated to unveiling the diversity of contemporary lighting. Being the only design gallery in the city the exciting show brought together a selection of young artists and designers born after the year 1980 displaying a wide variety of material techniques and conceptual ideas. The group show boasted works by Sabine Marcelis, Guillermo Santomà, James Shaw and Martin Rusak among others.
MAY 23 2017 - JUL 28 2017
A collection of work by Sabine Marcelis was exhibited at Side Gallery’s Barcelona gallery in the early Summer of 2017. Works including the artist's cast resin Candy Cubes alongside new a collection of lighting was on show. The new lighting collection illustrated Sabine Marcelis’ ongoing experimentation with the manipulation of light, and also light as manipulator. The RAY series utilised coloured glass extrusions with neon tubes weaving in and out; Reminiscent of sun rays breaking through clouds.
OCT 14 2015 - FEB 12 2016
Side Gallery was established in Barcelona and founded in October 2015. The exhibition UNO was the gallery’s inaugural exhibition. The show mixed a combination of international design of the twentieth century, as well as contemporary design, focusing on historical design from Latin America and Italy, concentrating on the work of designers Lina Bo Bardi and Gio Ponti. For the contemporary side, the gallery showed a young Sabine Marcelis, who focused primarily on material development on a series of mirrors titled "Seeing Glass".
MAR 04 2020 - MAR 08 2020
The 2020 edition of COLLECTIBE Design Fair in Brussels was held at the iconic Vanderborght building. The fair is dedicated exclusively to 21st century contemporary design, giving Side Gallery the opportunity to show the works of designers whose concepts were at the forefront of creativity. Side Gallery featured a selected group of young international designers whose works promoted and explored the new ways of the design world, focusing on the investigation of materials, forms and techniques. Side Gallery presented works from Rodrigo Pinto, Lukas Saint-Joigny, Sophie Rowley, Sigve Knutson and the iconic Sabine Marcelis.
DEC 03 2019 - DEC 08 2019
On the occasion of Design Miami 2019, Side Gallery’s booth featured a selection of iconic historical designers such as, Ricardo Fasanello, Sergio Rodrigues and Joe Colombo as well as a combination of contemporary designers including, Muller Van Severen, Guillermo Santomá, and Sabine Marcelis. As well as some new names to gallery, such as Rodrigo Pinto and Sophie Rowley. The exhibition intended to navigate through time proposing a dialogue between architecture and design through the XX and the XXI century.
SALON ART + DESIGN
NEW YORK CITY
NOV 14 2019 - NOV 18 2019
Exhibiting for the at SALON Art + Design in New York, December 2019, Side Gallery presented a collection of works from Brazilian designers Geraldo de Barros, Joaquim Tenreiro, Jorge Zalszupin and Sergio Rodrigues, the modern Brazilian design was carefully combined with a selection of contemporary works, including a lacquered blue buffet by Belgium design duo Muller Van Severen, produced exclusively for Side Gallery.
SEP 30 2019 - OCT 06 2019
On the occasion of PAD London 2019 Side Gallery presented an extensive collection of pieces by the Brazilian master Joaquim Tenreiro. Taken from an important private house in Rio de Janeiro, the gallery mixed iconic works such as the “Leve" chair (1942) and “Concha” chair (1950) with some unique pieces specially commissioned for the family. The organic 20th century design was set in dialogue with contemporary compositions by Julie Richoz and Sabine Marcelis.
JUN 10 2019 - JUN 16 2019
Featuring architect Luis Barragán, Side Gallery’s booth at the 2019 edition of Art Basel, revolved around the Mexican designers, works and palette. Engaging with a historical and the contemporary dialogue, designers Frida Escobedo, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané and Sabine Marcelis, presented exclusive pieces in conversation with work designed and manufactured by Barragán in the 1950´s. Considering Barragan´s sensitivity for colour, his distinctive palette was the inspiration for the hue of booth.
DEC 04 2018 - DEC 09 2018
At the 2018 edition of Design Miami, the Side Gallery booth was curated as navigation through time, expressing a dialogue between architecture and design through the XX and the XXI century. Featuring iconic historical designers such as Lina Bo Bardi, Osvaldo Borsani, Joaquim Tenreiro, Carlo Hauner & Martin Eisler, Gae Aulenti and Gino Sarfatti as well as contemporary designers Guillermo Santomà, Aneta Regel, Pedro Reyes and Sabine Marcelis.
DESIGN MIAMI/ SHANGHAI x PODIUM
NOV 5 2021 - NOV 14 2021
For the first edition of Design Miami / Podium x Shanghai at No. 1 Wai Tan Yuan, Shanghai, China, from the 5th - 14th November, In response the theme proposed by Design Miami/ Curatorial Director, Aric Chen and Deputy Curator (Shanghai), Violet Ruhui Wang: Wu Gan: The Art of Design 物感：设计的艺术, Side Gallery presented works by three contemporary designers, Zhou Yilun, Chan Chaio Chun and Sabine Marcelis.
SEPT 21 2021 - SEPT 27 2021
Showcasing the works of Geraldo de Barros, Side Gallery's booth at the 2021 edition of Design Miami/Basel, focused on Unilabor (1954–1961) - the collective that was the leading furniture design brand in Sao Paulo. ¨Cooperativismo e Construção ̈ was curated by Side Gallery's director Luis Sendino with the collaboration of Fabiana de Barros, daughter of Geraldo de Barros and presented a selection of works in several mediums, including furniture and photographs. If you were not in attendance we are excited to invite you to a 3D virtual tour.
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