Mariëtte Wolbert is a designer who will always search with an inquiring, curious and open attitude for the best suitable design. She has years of experience in the design of textile and she has particularly focused on interior. Her work has a recognizable signature and the combination of high-grade choice of materials, technical knowledge, clear idiom and a dash of lightness and humor have made her work highly appreciated . She herself describes her designs on the basis of ‘Delightful’, ‘Light’, ‘Logical’, ‘Luxurious’ and always with a ‘Smile’. In her native language these would translate to “5 L’s” (‘Lekker’, ‘Licht’, ‘Logisch’, ‘Luxe’ and with a ‘Lach’).
Distinctive for her designs is that the structure of the material engages in a dialogue with light and shadow and gives a sense of movement. Mariëtte uses her technical knowledge to create surprising and playful combinations, that always bring innovation into her work. Her ability to distill the essence out of abstract concepts give her designs the unique combination of customer friendly and truly original.
Work such as furniture and curtain fabrics, carpets, textile buttons and household textiles designed by Mariëtte Wolbert is already in the collection of several museums. Her work is for sale in several interior- and museum shops like Rijksmuseum, Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam and Toolsgalerie Paris and has won several Awards. She graduated at The Design Academy Eindhoven in The Netherlands in 1988 and has since then created designs for several well-known brands.
In October 2016 she launched her own line of kitchen textiles, consisting of 3 different patterns; Woven Windmill, Baan-Brekend and Bella Salmonella. The conservator of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has immediately purchased these for the collection of the museum.
For more information about Mariëtte Wolbert and her designs please send an e-mail to info@mariëttewolbert.nl
Mariëtte Wolbert is available to design and create in commissioned for individuals and companies.
2010 Province of Noord Holland, Harlem. Selected with two other designers to design a promotional gift
2006 Dutch Design Award/ nomination, Eindhoven. Collection interior fabrics ‘Ribbel’ designed for Capsicum Natuurstoffen
2005 Dutch Design Award/ selected, Eindhoven. Collection ‘Button point.nl’, designed for Textile Museum Tilburg
1995 Grant from the government
1990 Grant from the government
1990 Interieur ’90, Kortrijk, Belgium. Prototypes for curtain fabric “Metamorfose” , selected
1990 Design Innovationen ’90 Nordrhein Westfalen. Curtain fabric ‘Coda’ designed for Weverij de Ploeg
1989 Design-auswahl ’89, Stuttgart. Upholstery material ‘Marcolo’, designed for Weverij de Ploeg
2021 ShowUp, Vijfhuizen, showing The Ridge collection and kitchen linnen
2021 Masterly the Hague, presentation of Wolberts latest collection
2020 Storytelling, Pop-up Shop, Maastricht during Tefaf.
2020 Adoráble art + Design Galerie, The Hague, exposition ‘Guess who came for dinner’, showing table – and kitchen linnen and Pomegranate a ceramic co-production A-Tjak – Bečka – Wolbert
2019 Stockdagen, Arnhem
2019 Masterly The Hague, presentation Soft Square a new design for kitchen linnen and a ceramic co-production pomegranate A-Tjak – Bečka – Wolbert
2019 Midsummer Inspiration, Amsterdam, Art & Design festival.
2019 Magnifiek, Westervoort, kunst en design
2018 Meesterlijk 10e edition, Amsterdam
2018 Kunstrai, Bob Smit Gallery, The Ridge Collection co-production Bečka – Wolbert
2018 Masterly The Hague, The Hague
2017 Meesterlijk, Amsterdam
2017 Masterly /The Dutch in Milano, Milan, presentation of the work of Bečka – Wolbert – Bečka
2016 Work of Bečka – Wolbert – Bečka, Bas van Pelt in the Hague.
2016 La cité des femmes, Toolsgalerie, Parijs, Bečka & Wolbert co-production “The Ridge Collection”.
2016 Masterly /The Dutch in Milano, Milan, presentation of the work of Bečka – Wolbert – Bečka
2015 Art Arnhem/ Objects 2015, Arnhem ‘The Ridge Collection’, ‘Bark’ jacquard woven wall panels and ‘Ribbel’ pillows
2015 International Ceramic Fair,Jingdezhen, China ‘The Ridge Collection’
2014 – 2015 ‘Rood, uit de kunst’, Galerie Help u Zelven, Winterswijk. Teatowels designed for Rijksmuseum and ‘Marker’ cushions were exhibited
2012 ‘Beemster Waslijn’ Beemster polder – various locations, 800 unique teatowels, designed by elementary school students, in the polder of the Beemster (social design) in collaboration with Galerie de Groene Poort
2012 ‘De Ploeg, Sterke stoffen 1923-2012’, Textielmuseum Tilburg. Upholstery material and curtain fabric Coda were exhibited
2010 ‘Bindingen’ + ‘Feestelijk aan tafel’, Purmerends Museum Purmerend. The longest tablecloth made by students of the elementary school (social design)
2010 ‘Kraakhelder! 100 years of household fabrics’, Textielmuseum Tilburg. Designs of kitchen textiles, designed for Elias-Jorzolino
2009 Project ‘200 vrouwen in Tilburg’,Textielmuseum Tilburg (social design).
2008 Tafelrede 4, Galerie Help u Zelven Winterswijk. Designed a tablecloth with ‘Monumenten van Winterswijk’.
2007 Qutu te Tirana (Albania). Photo- and sales exhibitions of tablecloths of women of Albania.
2006 Dutch Design Award, Eindhoven, nomination. Collection interior fabrics ‘Ribbel’, designed for Capsicum Natuurstoffen
2004 – 2005 ‘Made in Tilburg’,Textielmuseum Tilburg. Collection Button point.nl.
2001’Nederlands Textiel: traditie en vernieuwing, 1950 – 2000′. Lakenhal, Doornik, Belgium. Carpet ‘Fishing for compliments’.
1996 ’Texplosive!’, Design in Textile. Textielmuseum, Tilburg. Overview of the work of Karin Nebel (uit Zwitserland) & Mariëtte Wolbert.
1993 ‘De Oogst’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Prototypes for fabrics.
1991 7e International Linen festival, ‘Le lin, l’art et la matiére’, Musée National des Monuments Français, Paris. Prototypes for linen fabrics.
1988 – present: Freelance work for various manufacturers, musea and boroughs
2013 – present : Bečka & Wolbert co-production “The Ridge Collection”. ‘The Ridge Tile’ is being taking into production by Royal Tichelaar Makkum in 2016
2010 – 2016: Bunzlau Castle. Art Director for the collection of kitchen textiles. Contributing to concept, design, colour and production. At the moment there are three collections: Bunzlau Castle, Bunzlau Castle for Holland and Bunzlau Castle for Rijksmuseum.
1988 – present: Capsicum Natuurstoffen. Senior Designer for collections of handwoven fabrics for interior designing and accessories e.g. fabrics for furniture, foulards, tablecloths and cushions.
1993 – 2006: Elias-Jorzolino. Senior designer for collection of woven kitchen textile. Responsible for design, colour and production management.
1988 – 1994: Weverij de Ploeg. Junior designer of woven interior fabrics like upholstery material and curtain fabric
1988 – 1993: Vescom BV/ parttime, led by Peter Moorrees. Junior designer of textile and vinyl wallcovering, curtain fabric and upholstery material
Photography: Dennis A-Tjak / Rijksmuseum / Thijs Quispel / Ella Wilgenkamp / Paul de Nooijer / Frieda Mellema