Sabine Marcelis and Brit van Nerven (right, from left). Courtesy of Lee Wei Swee.
Sabine Marcelis and Brit van Nerven (right, from left). Courtesy of Lee Wei Swee.

Sabine Marcelis, 30, and Brit van Nerven, 31 (above right, from left), met when they were both students at the Design Academy Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, and went on to take neighboring studio spaces in Rotterdam. Since they were already working side by side, the two figured they might as well collaborate—and in 2013 launched their first joint project, Seeing Glass, at Dutch Design Week (one of their pieces, Big Round, is below). Inspired by materiality and reflection, they pushed the optical effects of glass to create a series of brightly colored mirrors, which, in the vein of artists like James Turrell and Ann Veronica Janssens, bring the world into brilliant Technicolor. “I’m definitely a sucker for shiny objects,” Marcelis says. “Our concept was to create visual illusions.”

A piece by Marcelis and van Nerven. Courtesy of Lee Wei Swee.
Marcelis and van Nerven's piece, Big Round. Courtesy of the Designers.