Sabine Marcelis is kind of obsessed with light. Light, colour, reflection, refraction.
“It’s the ultimate catalyst,” she says. “Light is everything.”
Whichever way you look at it, Marcelis has certainly shone in 2019, winning awards ranging from the prestigious Design Prize 2019 in the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ category and the Elle Deco International Design award for ‘Young Designer of the Year’. It’s the type of year that makes people sit up and take notice, and as a result her work has shared headlines with the likes of Virgil Abloh and Philippe Starck.
“My vision is always to strive for something very new,” she tells GQ Middle East. “To create work that you haven’t seen before and to push the boundaries of materiality.
“I’m very easily bored and don’t really like to look back to much,” she explains. “That’s why limited edition pieces and site-specific work are my main focus right now. It’s liberating – and that’s very important to me. Being able to move on to other projects gives me a real sense of freedom in my work.”
So how do you follow a year of plaudits and awards? With something way more important, of course. “As a designer you can work in so many different ways. In mass production, in social humanitarian situations, in luxury, in food and, in a way, I really want to do all of that in my lifetime.”