February 27, 2014

Marcel Wander’s Miami Wonder

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Mondrian South Beach

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On February 1, 2014, Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum opened its doors to the exhibit “Marcel Wanders: Pinned Up at the Stedelijk – 25 Years of Design.” It is the largest-ever presentation of the internationally renowned designer’s work. Marcel is one of the  most distinguished designers, in fields ranging from art direction to product, furniture and interior design.

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Royal Contract Lighting was commissioned to produce the bell chandeliers for Marcel’s first hotel outside of the Netherlands: the Mondrian South Beach.

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Conceived by Marcel as a surrealist homage to Sleeping Beauty’s castle, Mondrian is a modern fantasy. Three of our enormous chandeliers sway over the port cochere, offering perfect lighting for arriving guests.

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The snow-white lobby has an ethereal quality with its floating black laser-cut staircase, giant lacquered columns resembling chair legs, and our glittering crystal chandeliers encased in oversize brass bells.

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Marcel’s ingenious design vision is evident throughout in the furnishings, wall treatments, flooring and outdoor spaces. A labyrinth of lush gardens surrounds the glamorous outdoor bar, private cabanas are surrounded with curtains of living foliage, and restaurant guests dine at a grand 20 foot long table in the hotel’s brasserie.

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The overall effect is like being part of a fairy tale  – a fairy tale written by Marcel Wanders.

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