Marcel Wanders is by far one of my favorite designers. I love his attention to detail and especially the out-of-the-box thinking that goes into his designs. They’re clever, witty, unexpected and quite frequently, a bit cheeky. His recent collaborations with Italian design company Alessi have introduced two new collections: the Circus Collection and the Dressed for X-mas Collection. Today we introduce to you the Circus Collection.
Wanders is the co-founder and Art Director of Moooi. Well known for his iconic Knotted Chair, designed in 1996 for Droog Design, Marcel Wanders has gone on to design over 1700+ products for brands such as Kartell, Moooi, Flos, and of course Alessi. A number of his designs are part of a number of prominent art collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco, the V&A Museum in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Central Museum in Utrecht, Museum of Decorative Arts Copenhagen and various Droog Design exhibitions.
With loud patterns and bold colors, the Circus Collection breaks the mold from Alessi’s usual style. The collection itself features five limited edition special pieces in addition to several pieces of tableware, kitchenware, and accessories. Aptly named the Circus Collection after its Big Top inspiration, Marcel Wanders has created a magical world of fun and whimsy. Thus, images of carousels and clowns brightly dressed in geometric patterns capture the historical scene of the Circus alongside other endearing characters.
The Circus All-Purpose Boxes, Set of 3 comes in a set of three tinplate boxes. These boxes feature circus-like designs in bold red, yellow, black and white patterns. Additionally, with the Set of 2 Circus All-Purpose Boxes, you can create a complete set of tins. The tins easily nest inside on another, though they can also be stacked to create a “Big Top” tower of fun.
The Candyman Candy Dispenser gleefully dispenses candy to the delight of all. Just push and pull his tongue and a sweet treat will come tumbling into his mouth. Together with four other Limited Edition pieces to the Circus Collection, each design is meant to be kept as a family heirloom passed down from generation to generation. The other limited edition pieces include The Strongman Nutcracker, The Ringleader Call Bell, The Ballerina Music Box, as well as The Jester Corkscrew.
Bring a touch of whimsy to your morning coffee with a Circus Mug MW58-4. The mug features a bright pattern of red polka dots against a cheerful yellow background. Though its ideal for everyday use, its fine bone china construction is great for bringing out when company comes.
Reminiscent of a circus performer’s platform, the Circus Wine Cooler has a bold, red and white triangular pattern. Two golden ball handles add a final flourish to complete the design. Using Alessi’s renowned metal working techniques to create this cooler, the stainless steel construction helps to chill wine in festive, Big Top style.
Nicole is the Sr. Site Merchandiser for Accessories, Kids, and Textiles at YLiving. She is obsessed with great design in all forms with a special love for jewelry, wine bottle labels, and tableware. When she’s not exploring the many museums and art galleries of the Bay Area, Nicole spends time looking for and visiting obscure and unusual destinations (locally and abroad) while practicing her photography skills.