You need to have Marcel Wanders in context before you even take a look at this collaboration with MAC. Marcel is a Dutch designer – interiors, architectural and contemporary design, and a luminary in his field. A good example of his work is this Crochet Cube.
His work can be seen in the V&A, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He focusses on making the ordinary – say, a chair or a plate – and making it extraordinary..So, you might wonder what someone who is more used to fancy furniture doing collaborating with MAC. Marcel Wanders is a house-hold name in design circles, but pretty well unheard of in the world of cosmetics. It’s quite a daring collaboration – on the one hand, it’s making the name of Marcel Wanders known to thousands of us who wouldn’t normally enter his orbit, and yet on the other hand, it’s like, Marcel WHO? It’s hardly Disney. Wanders has definitely brought the design edge to the collection but I wonder if it’s wasted. I’m looking now at a palette of face powder in a black faceted design that is off kilter – so it doesn’t open where you expect it to. All very clever, but in reality a little bit annoying. Inside, the powder is beautifully carved with an intricate design reminiscent of a carved ceiling rose and you can instantly see – from looking at the above chair as an indicator – that the Wanders touches are there. Anyway, I can’t think too hard about this – it’s a slick and glossy collection that looks sleek, but I don’t think anyone’s going to be mobbing you in the street when you touch up your lips to ask if the stick is from the Marcel Wanders collection. It launches here in December.
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