Born in 1963 and raised in Boxtel, Netherlands. He was part of a group of designers and artists called the Droog, founded by Gijs Bakker and Renny Ramakers. The collective operated in Holland, promoting a conceptual approach in design. The first item designed by Wanders was the knitted chair, an item that was manufactured by Capellini and became broadly known, giving wanders tremendous publicity and recognition.
Wanders is still known as the most important designer in the Droog movement. Today, he’s independent, working his studio under his own Marcel Wanders brand, just outside of Amsterdam, and dealing with architecture and furniture design as well as retail, houseware, and interior design. In 2000, Wanders founded MOOOI design company with a partner and he still serves as the art director for the company. Many of his designs were chosen to take part in the most important design collections and exhibitions around the world, the MOMA in NYC and SF, the Victoria and Albert museum in London, the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, the Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam, the museum of decorative art in Copenhagen and many more Droog-related exhibitions.