Sabine Marcelis : Shapes of Water

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Fendi's participation in the Miami Design Fair, Rotterdam-based designer Sabine Marcelis imagines a series of ten fountains inspired by the strong visual identity of the Italian luxury home.

The choice of the fountain as a field of expression is not trivial for Sabine Marcelis. Indeed, Fendi has maintained a close relationship with the water for years. In 1977, when the brand presents its first ready-to-wear collection, it does so through a short film entitled Histoire d'eau in which we follow the path of Suzy Dyson, a young tourist on vacation in Rome. In 2013, the house launches the Fendi for Fountains Iniative, an association aiming at the preservation of the water points of the eternal city. Finally, in 2016, the brand celebrates its 90 years through a parade presented in front of the famous Trevi fountain.


A strong interest therefore for an emblematic typology of the Italian capital that inspires the Dutch designer her series "The Shapes of Water" presented in Miami last December. Made from translucent polished cast resin blocks, Marcelis' sculptures alternate warm hues from yellow to red in an elegant palette from the iconic models of the Maison de luxe. Installed on travertine bases, the works reinterpret Fendi's own codes, such as the iconic FF created by Karl Lagarfeld in 1965 or the Selleria bag whose name refers to the seaming techniques used by ancient Romans to make saddles. A sculptural work animated by the presence of water that flows along the routes imagined by Sabine Marcelis.

A tribute to the avant-garde character of Fendi which combines design, heritage and haute couture. Hat down!

To learn more, visit The site of Sabine Marcelis

Photographs: Carl Kleiner

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