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{PERSPECTIVE} MARCEL WANDERS

Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has been described as the ‘Lady Gaga of design’ but that title does him a disservice – his career has already spanned 25 years, during which he’s worked with the likes of Alessi, Puma, Swarovski and KLM. He co-founded the design label Moooi and has recently created the Circus range for Alessi

What first started your interest in design?

As a kid, I was drawn to objects. My mum and dad had a store, and if something was broken, I would try doing it up. It was a very basic inclination towards the architecture of objects. I had my own little workshop in the attic – I just loved making things. It was primitive and basic, but as a kid I liked to problem-solve and you learn a lot from that.

Back in 2002, you were selected as one of Europe’s ‘25 leaders of change’. In what ways do you think design changes the world?

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