Every year, Dutch Design Awards (DDA) honours the best Dutch designers and their most impressive and groundbreaking projects. Various disciplines, viewpoints and solutions are judged in light of the impact they have on our society. Dutch Design Awards thereby gives a boost to the profession as a whole. The best Dutch design, viewed in perspective and placed on a pedestal.
DDA nomination 2022 | Product
Mirage is a combination of reflective and sand-blasted glass and focuses on the interaction of light. Sabine Marcelis was asked by the Collectional Gallery in Dubai to create the piece. The wall sections create a soft diffusion of artificial light and a strong colour reflection in the sun. As such, Mirage captures the energy of nature and the vibrancy of city life; Marcelis based her design on the duality between the warm sun on the desert sand during the day and the sparkling lights of the city at night. The works use the unique characteristics of glass to create layered objects that act both as mirror and light source.
As a designer, Sabine Marcelis is a magician with materials who has worked for years with a specialised Dutch glass manufacturer to develop new applications. Mirage as a product is an experience more than anything else. The work has an almost monumental quality, like a natural phenomenon that has been transformed into matter. The objects reflect the reality of Dubai both literally and figuratively; the city consists of a series of glass towers in the desert. At the same time, the more sober elements create a minimalistic aesthetic in a place where excess and ornamentation are usually predominant. A very enigmatic work, that translates the contrast between desert and city into reflection and light.
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