Born in 1959, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Education : Gymnasium 1972-1977
Music Academy Sweelinck 1977-1979
Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art, Amsterdam 1980-1985
The work of Maroeska is included in several private collections and museums troughtout the world. She has worked with a large number of architects and contributed to a large range of magazines in Europe. She has participated in a large number of design fairs in France, Germany, Belgium, United-Kingdom and Italy.
Maroeska Metz was born in Amsterdam, 1959, and graduated at the Rietveld Art Academy Amsterdam. After finishing her studies, she worked several years as a sculptor but gradually changed her focus to installations. Making installations gave her creative control over the spacess and brought her more and more into interior design.
Her first interior product was a chandelier, at the end of the 1980s. As a the founder of the new ‘baroque’ style of that time, she had success with her elegant and original lamps. Ultimately she stopped making art and dedicated herself completely to interior design. The chandelier led her to lamps. They are her great passion and seem to share much with jewellery, the other passion that gave birth to Riccio Jewelry. The two passions nourish each other. “Lamps can make all the difference in an interior” Maroeska says. A lamp is the jewel of a space. It should say something; it should enhance a room and intensify its personality. The same thing can be said about jewellery. It should make a woman beautiful and intensify her individuality. By seeing a woman’s jewellery, you know something about her and immediately recognise her elegant and unique style.
Maroeska’s collection of lamps has steadily grown, with each new series having its own atmosphere and use. Her designs do fit into a modern interior and also into more classical spaces. In the modern interior they offer contrast: a striking elegant light object into a minimalist space. In the classical interior they add a humorous touch. Sometimes Maroeska does blend her ideas with clients in custom made lamps.
Maroeska has had her own company but also designed furniture for other companies. Her collection has expanded to include sofa’s, couches, chairs and bed’s and children’s furniture along with accessories ranging from vases, mirrors and crystal table settings to carpets, door-handles, tiles, plates, a cheese slicer and outdoor lighting.
Maroeska’s design vision refers to the past but definitely has a modern touch. She finds her inspiration in nature, architecture and in their combination, as seen in the Wiener Werkstaette, Empire furniture and period castles.
Her art is a classically-based language but the connection of almost all her pieces will be her “curl”, appearing in endless variations. It’s this never ending inspiration that impresses those drawn to her work. Continuing this very coherent and recognisable style is Maroeska’s power.
She has clients from around the world. Her collection attracts a select group of height-end customers. Once they become fans of her style, they return often to follow its new expressions.
EXHIBITIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS
1986 Solo exhibition of her Sculpture in Museum Reekum, Apeldoorn
1987 Exhibition of her Sculptures “d’Hollande” in Aigues-Mortes, France
1988 Exhibition Circle of Dutch sculptors in Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1989 Solo exhibition Loerakker Gallery, Amsterdam Arturodam, miniature Art, Madurodam, Den Haag, The Netherlands The Holland Biennale of the Nord, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem Installation “Hotel Rooms” Pulitzerhotel, Amsterdam
1990 Exhibition Gallery DEBUT, Cologne, Germany Dutch Design, Avignon, France
1991 Publication World of Interiors Publication Vogue GermanyPetit Palais in Paris major contribution to Jubilee of Sahco Hesslein Gallery Alcazar, Milano, Italy during Design salon Solo exhibition The Room gallery, Amsterdam Design exhibition in Düsseldorf, GermanySolo exhibition Joseph gallery, London, UK Design Museum Schloss Hollwinkel, Bad Essen, Germany
1992 Solo exhibition at Jan des Bouvries, Bussum, The Netherlands Publication in “Maison Française”
Publication World of Interiors January Publication Ambiente Germany July Publication Elegance The Netherlands Exhibition at the furniture fair, Cologne, Germany Design for Woon kitchens, AmsterdamFurniture Collection for Designers Guilt
1993 Publication in The World of Interiors November Publication Dutch ELLE Deco February Collection of handbags Tile design for the company De Tegel, Amsterdam
1994 Publication Architectur & Wohnen Germany Conception project for De Porceleyne Fles, Delft, The Netherlands with an exhibition Exhibition After Diner at the DEBUT gallery, Cologne, Germany Exhibition Museum Waterland plates, The Netherlands Presentation of the ARX furniture collection, major contribution Since then principal designer for the ARX collection
1994 First price for the annual contest of the badge at the “woonbeurs”, The Netherlands Designs for Forbo linoleum factory, Krommenie, presentation in Amsterdam Presentation of a child’s chair at “View on colour”, Paris Design for children’s plates for the charity event of “Parents Duchennne” Collection of carpets for ARX, The Netherlands Starts a collaboration with “Van Es” bath and bedroom textiles
1995 Publication in ELLE Deco japan Decembre Publication ELLE Deco The Netherlands June
1996 Publication in Cosmopolitan February Exhibition at the Royal Leerdam Glass factory “unica” Design for “Le Tresor de Arzberg Porzellan”, Germany Light project for the Jigsaw shop, Copenhagen, Denmark Design for a glass cupboard for Jigsaw, London, UK
1997 Honorary guest at Casa Europea, Antwerpen, Belgium Exhibition “Artist children’s bed” at the Residence fair, Den Haag, The Netherlands Design crystal glasses for Royal Leerdam, The Netherlands
1998 Light project for the Jigsaw shop in Japan and Edinburgh Gift for Bosch, The Netherlands (design for cup and saucer) Design for an office for Jaap Goudsmid / Amsterdam Medical Center Publication in Rooms to Remember, Frances Lincoln publication, London
1999 Publication in Dutch magazine Residence Jully Design napkins for Duchenne Parent Project Charity Design large chandeliers Jigsaw Moustique, West Indies Design four poster beds for Van Es, The Netherlands Several sofas for the Buj el Arab, Hôtel, Dubaï Publication in Country Houses of France Taschen, Cologne
2000 Publication Maison Française December Design for three shops Vanilia, The Netherlands
2001 Designs for the Lobby of Theatre Bellevue, Amsterdam.Design for two shops Vanilia, The Netherlands Light project for the Ducth Ambassy in Montreal, Canada, Brasilia, Brazil and Willemstad, Curaçao
First complete concept shop for fashion brand Vanilia (Total design for 8 shops)
2002 Light project Kurhaus Scheveningen, The Netherlands Light project for the Dutch Ambassy in Houston, Chicago and Miami, United States, Istanbul, Turkey, Vatican, Italy and Beijing, China
2003 Light project for the Dutch Ambassy in Canberra, Australia, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Brussels, Belgium Exhibition in collaboration with Mezonine magazine in the Royal Stables Moscow, Russia Publication in « Chez Elles » by Flammarion, Paris, France
2004 Light project for the Dutch Ambassy in Brussels, Belgium, Frankfurt, Germany, New Delhi, India
2005 Publication in Dutch magazine Elegance
2006 Collaboration with the crystal factory Ajeto Novi Bor witch results in a large collection of crystal objects and light objectsLight project for a dolls house, children’s department, Jewish Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2007 Exhibition in Zona Tortona during the Design fair in Milan, Italy Design for carpets staircases Launch of jewellery collection for Rizo
2008 Publication Mezonine Russia Children’s four poster beds for “Klein Design”
2009 Exhibition Madame W Vilnius, Lithuania Light project Hotel van Oranje, Noordwijk, The Netherlands Carpet design, Munster, Germany
2010 Design table for book by Patricia Steur “Dutch Beauty” Launch of collaboration with Pitaro Hecht Group Telaviv, Israel
2011 Publication Excellent magazine, The Netherlands Exhibition Gallery De Glazen Kast, Belgium Light project in Weingut, Germany Light project Vriezenhuis, Winterswijk, The Netherlands
2012 Solo Exhibition Gallery De Glazen Kast, Belgium Light project Hotel Tossa de Mar, Spain Light project Lydia Teichmann Lichtgetsaltung, Germany
2013 Publication ELLE Deco Russia Design conference table and light project for office, Rentray, The Netherlands
2014 Solo Exhibition with jewellery and furnitures at the De Glazen Kast, Belgium Light project San Llorenc, Mallorca
2015 Book presentation and exhibition at Lensvelt Gallery Herengracht Amsterdam
2015 Book presentation at Tajan, Paris. Exhibition at Gallery Danant, Rue Matignon, Paris
2016 Exhibition fair Naarden and exhibition Jewelry at the studio
2017 Fair Naarden
2018 Publication of the cooking book HOE DAN. Publication in the Magazine Herenhuis november issue 6 pages. Several lectures about the cooking book. Publications in Magazines, papers and television about the cooking book and Design.
2018 Participation at the Dutch version of the television show bake-off ‘Heel Holland Bakt’.