Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Marre Moerel lights up design

A few weeks ago I went to Venta Vintage, now in its third year, which is held in Madrid over four days. It’s a pop-up store selling furniture and home decor items from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s at very interesting prices. If I had a larger budget I would have taken each and every one of the wonderful pieces of furniture they had: interesting designer pieces and a selection of original home decor items from France, Germany and England. The small 1950’s coffee tables were particularly difficult to resist. Next time round I’ll be the first one in the door - take it from me, these great finds sell like hotcakes.
Venta Vintage took place in the design studio of Marre Moerel, who we would like to introduce you to in this post and who also exhibited some of her work at the sale.

Marre Moerel is a Dutch artist who studied sculpture and later furniture design at the Royal College of Art in London. After spending some years as a freelance designer and teacher in New York, in 2002 she moved to Madrid where she opened up a multi-use space that functions as a gallery, workshop and shop.

Her creations captivate you right from the start. Organic lines featuring light as the protagonist and a predominance of ceramic - designs that she defines as “industrial crafts”. We got to see some of her lamps, bowls and jugs, all of which were incredible. Several of her creations have been sold by some of the sector’s most important companies such as Cappellini, Celda, Covo, Offecct and WilsonArt Int.

I left with this lamp which I'm dying to hang up in a special place so that it can shine in all of its sculptural glory, this won’t be hard ;-). I’ll show you the result once it’s up.

If you’re in Madrid, we encourage you to go into Marre’s studio to enjoy quality design and the pleasure of buying work directly from the artist. 


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