Sabine Marcelis is just back from Design Miami. She’s under the weather, but it’s nothing a festive palm tree decorated by her team can’t fix: the Dutch designer’s candy-coloured resin objects hang playfully from the makeshift Christmas tree.
Marcelis, who was raised in New Zealand, studied at Design Academy Eindhoven and settled in Rotterdam in 2014. ‘My graduation project [in 2011] was very different to what I’m doing now,’ she says. ‘It was an installation [House Wine], an industrial design study on how to make wine at home. I wanted to draw attention to the process, to how the bubbles appear and the liquid keeps changing.’
Maria Foerlev, founder of the Copenhagen gallery Etage Projects, liked what she saw and approached Marcelis right away. Then Alexis Ryngaert of the Victor Hunt gallery in Brussels commissioned her to create new work for Design Miami 2015, and again for the 2016 edition of the fair. The pieces – her Dawn series of light sculptures – sold very well, the designer says with a smile.