Marcel Wanders has been intrigued by the Circus since he was very young. His company's name, Wanders Wonders, suggests a sense of awe like the circus. Many of his designs have a strong graphic sensibility in combination with humor- as well as featuring an uncanny ability to look beyond trends and into the world of ironic anachronism.
Fatman, Marcel's first foray into circus imagery and characters, was introduced a number of years ago. A take on the traditional folding cake stand, the piece opens into tiers with the face being the image of Wanders himself, the clown. This personal 'clown' design is fundamentally a logo of Wanders' work, and is seen everywhere from details on Alessi cookware to his favicon. Oh, and his picture at the top of this post.
Wanders has a strong relationship with Alessi, and has designed everything from an extensive tabletop collection to a series of Christmas-related products. The most brilliant and daring collaboration with the firm is the Circus Collection.
According to Wanders:
The Circus Collection is comprised of kitchen, barware, and serveware, along with a number of limited edition characters.
The complete Circus Collection is available at Amusespot here.
Many Americans have never seen a properly extended collapsible cake stand.
Here you go:
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