SABINE MARCELIS AND PAUL COURNET'S HOME (2018)
SEPT 18 2019
The material and process driven designer Sabine Marcelis, lives and works in Rotterdam. The designer represented by Side Gallery converted an old paper factory into her home. The renovated paper plant reflects her personality, elegance and avant-garde creativity, as well as illustrating her love for translucency and material transformations.
Describing the building as a “dark box at one end, the designer and her partner broke up the 120 square meter space at the rear of the building creating a terrace to draw in sunlight. Light among other natural elements characterize Marcelis work, therefore it is not surprising the designer describes this outdoor area as one of her favorite spots.
Since setting up Studio Sabine Marcelis, sun rays and light reflections created through material experimentations and neon light have defined Marcelis works. A continuation of her Voie Light series, was her series Ray and more recently her Totem series, sold and exhibited exclusively by Side Gallery. The Totem Series 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 light is a unique visual experience.
"The renovated paper plant reflects her personality, elegance and avant-garde creativity, as well as illustrating her love for translucency and material transformations"
Avoiding the house becoming a showroom of her own works, the converted space is filled with pieces from iconic designers as well as works designed by the couple’s close friends. The center piece of the living space is a marsh-mellow pink Pierre Paulin sofa that elegantly snakes past a mirrored-steel and concrete Diamond table by the Danish artist FOS. The bathroom, one of the most extravert rooms of the abode, is covered in brain-like tiles, designed by a friend of the couple. Although Marcelis has not filled the old paper mill with her own pieces, we do see her excellence gleaming from the wall in the form of her Offround Hue mirror, made in collaboration with Brit Van Nerven. Alongside the Pierre Paulin sofa, the second protagonist of the space is a delicately colored glass dining table.
Not recognizably Sabine, such as a piece from the Seeing Glass or Totem series, however unmistakably a Marcelis marvel for those who know the designer, the stylish table was tactfully formed from a leftover slab of tinted glass and turned into an ethereal dining table, supported on a trio of glass cylinders. The Dutch designer and her partner Paul Courant also designed the stools neatly placed around the recuperated tabletop. The stools were cut from sculptural stacks of foam and resin slabs, a typical construction combination of Marcelis.