A passionate traveler with a love for homes: visual artist and designer
Mabel Pols is the founder of STUDIOPOLS in Amsterdam. Influenced by her
fashion design and design history background, in her work she tries to find
balance between art, design and object. She considers the home the most
authentic, relaxed and personal place where people surround themselves with
- Where did your passion for architecture and interiors come from?
I think my main style inspiration comes from my aunt and uncle (an
architect), who have an amazing home Amsterdam that we often visited when
we were younger. When I was a little girl I also watched “TV-woonmagazine”
by Jan des Bouvrie all the time. I loved redesigning my room and when we
were going out for a trip with the family, I always wanted to go to Ikea –
I even preferred it above amusement parks like the Efteling. So I think it
was in there at quite a young age.
- Is there a particular interior that has been a recurring inspiration
(such as the divine Hakama house)?
Rietveld (The Rietveld Schröder House) is someone that I always keep coming
back to. I love the way his ideology is clearly visible in his architecture
and furniture; the horizontal and vertical straight lines and his use of
color as well.
- What art (form) do you most identify with?
Not really art (forms), but I think I identify myself most with times in
history where ideology, design, architecture and art come together, like
Bauhaus for example.
- What memorable responses have you had to your work?
That’s a good question. It is most satisfying to have my work in the
collectors’ homes and fit their style and their personal objects.
- You studied fashion, how did you move to art?
My background is in fashion design, but I never saw fashion as clothes but
more as artworks or sculptures. Later, when I studied design history and
theory I knew I wanted to create again. Because of my love for furniture
and interiors I started to make illustrations and artworks that ‘fit the
- How do you think your childhood influenced your design thinking?
Immensely. I was always extremely interested in how things looked, more
than the children around me. At quite a young age, I noticed that the
appearance of objects had a deeper meaning to me. As a child I created my
own clothes and I was always redesigning my room. My parents as well as my
aunt and uncle had interiors that were totally different from that of my
friends, which made me more open to various styles and designs.
- Name something you love, and why?
Nature - it gives me so much inspiration in terms of form, function and
- What is your process when conceiving a new piece?
I keep postponing and postponing, which I think is recognizable for so
many. I keep thinking and looking for ideas on what I want to make. When I
start to get nervous that’s when I start working. Sometimes it can be done
in 2 hours, but it often takes multiple weeks as I keep changing and
developing the pieces continuously.
- What are some current or upcoming projects?
From November until February I have my first small exhibition in The Hoxton
Hotel in Amsterdam with art-works/illustrations. I want to expand this and
create more works as well as objects. And I really want to go into the
practice of interior designing. And hopefully in the future, I have my own
furniture as well.
- What would you say is the philosophy behind your work?
I consider the home as the most authentic, relaxed and personal place where
people surround themselves with meaningful objects. I see my work more as
part of the home, so not necessarily to be exhibited in a gallery or
museum. It relates to an interior and therefore it has a connection to a
personal space, people’s own style/taste and furniture. This contributes in
telling a personal story of the people living there.