Marcel den Hollander

Marcel den Hollander

One of the first industrial designers with a Ph.D. in circular product design, Marcel den Hollander works as an independent researcher and industrial design consultant to industry in circular product design and business models for the circular economy.

His academic work is anchored in over twenty years of hands-on experience in commercial industrial design for (inter)nationally renowned design studios and clients, designing fast moving consumer goods, such as (food)packaging, durable consumer goods, such as electronics, (office)furniture, and professional products, such as retail in- and exteriors, museum showcases, means of transport, industrial equipment and logistic systems.

Marcel den Hollander is co-author of the book “Products That Last – Product design for circular business models”, that is currently being used at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in their Towards Circular Product Design course and that was adopted by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment to promote the circular economy and circular product design principles to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Netherlands.

To pro-actively disseminate the results of his research, Marcel continues to give guest lectures at design and business schools in the Netherlands and present his research at international conferences.

(A FREE full-text PDF of his doctoral dissertation “Design for Managing Obsolescence – A design methodology for preserving product integrity in a circular economy” can be downloaded at: A printed book can be bought from (online) bookstores in NL and B and – for international buyers – from