See Sabine Marcelis’s Real-Life Version of Mondrian’s Most Famous Painting
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the launch of Theo Van Doesburg’s seminal magazine, De Stijl, in 1917, and in addition to the many celebrations going on in the Netherlands right now (more on that soon), the Rotterdam-based designer Sabine Marcelis recently helped carve out a space at the Cannes Film Festival to honor the art and design movement that adopted its name. Invited by EYE International, the Netherlands Film Fund, and Het Nieuwe Instituut to create an installation for the festival’s Dutch Pavilion, Marcelis brought to life Mondrian’s famed 1935 painting “Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow” by building a 3-D framework of black lines inset with gradient glass panels, then punctuating it with primary colored versions of her signature Voie Lights and Candy Cubes.
Marcelis may have been chosen to design the pavilion because she’s one of the most sought-after Dutch designers at the moment, but the assignment was incredibly personal for her: “In university I only ever had to write one comprehensive thesis, and I did it on De Stijl,” she says. “I so much relate to the movement. The simplicity and the need for paring things down to their essence — I search for that in my work, too. Pure ideas and form.” Case in point: The exhibition furniture, which includes sofas by Martin Visser and chairs by Gerrit Reitveld and Radboud Van Beekum, came straight out of her own living room. (More on that soon, too.)
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