By Marcel Wanders

Villa Moda Bahrain

As the ultimate marketplace, the Villa Moda Bahrain (2008) pulses with the richness of overlapping cultures and showcases the artisanship, motifs and techniques of local craftsman. Set in a prime central location with views of the sea, this enchanting international souk hosts innovative brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermés, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Fendi. Designed as a treasure trove, the 1050m2 retail space in Bahrain is laid out like a small ancient city and each building houses a specific department or brand. A long, narrow corridor leads to a dramatic space with a high-ceiling, giant black and white patterns on custom-made carpets, over-scale wallpaper and Bisazza mosaics. A modest black and white colour palette serves as the back drop for the luxurious, colourful items on display.

As the ultimate marketplace, the Villa Moda Bahrain (2008) pulses with the richness of overlapping cultures and showcases the artisanship, motifs and techniques of local craftsman. Set in a prime central location with views of the sea, this enchanting international souk hosts innovative brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermés, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Fendi. Designed as a treasure trove, the 1050m2 retail space in Bahrain is laid out like a small ancient city and each building houses a specific department or brand. A long, narrow corridor leads to a dramatic space with a high-ceiling, giant black and white patterns on custom-made carpets, over-scale wallpaper and Bisazza mosaics. A modest black and white colour palette serves as the back drop for the luxurious, colourful items on display.

Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders is a leading product and interior designer. With his design studio he was responsible for over 1,900+ iconic product and interior design experiences all around the globe for private clients and premium brands such as Alessi, Amsterdam Airport, Audi, Baccarat, Bisazza, Christofle, Kase Corporation/ Decorte, Flos, KLM, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, LH&E Group, Louis Vuitton, Miramar Group, Morgans Hotel Group among scores of others. Marcel Wanders’ 30 years of design are celebrated in some of the most renowned art and design museums, including Centre Pompidou FR; Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, US; Metropolitan Museum of Art, US; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, US; Museum of Modern Art, US; Pinakotheke der Moderne, Munich, DE; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL; Oita Prefectural Art Museum, JP among others. Regarded by many as an anomaly in the design world, Marcel Wanders has made his mission to “create an environment of love, live with passion and make our most exciting dreams come true.” The work excites, provokes, and polarises, but never fails to surprise for its ingenuity, daring and singular quest to uplift the human spirit, and entertain. Marcel Wanders’ chief concern is to bring the human touch back to design, ushering in a ‘new age of design’, in which designer, craftsperson and user are reunited. In this process, Marcel Wanders defies design dogma, preferring instead to focus on holistic solutions rather than the technocratic. In this universe, the coldness of industrialism is replaced instead by the poetry, fantasy and romance of different ages, vividly brought to life in the contemporary moment.

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