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M a r l e n e   H u i s s o u d

Marlène Huissoud is an experimental designer. Marlène works as a freelance designer for different companies alongside the art & design areas, and created her own company in 2013.

In 2014, she graduated from a MA Material Futures (known as Textile Futures) at Central Saint Martins’ School of Art and Design in London where she developed the project From Insects : an exploration of insect materials from the common honeybee and the Indian silkworm. Her work questions our way of making by challenging the properties of natural resources. She believes in the value of the concept, not only with an outcome but with the complete creative process.

She has been named as one of the UK’s top 70 rising design stars representing the future of British design by the Design Council, has been named the Most Innovative Experimental Artist of the year 2018 by AI Global Excellence Award, won the AI Business Excellence Awards – Most Innovative Design Studio London – 2018, has been nominated by the Arts Foundation UK for the Material Innovation Award in 2016, won the Make me! Design Prize in 2015, nominated for Design Parade at Villa Noailles in 2015, won the Diploma Selection Award at Designblok in 2014.

Her work as been exhibited worldwide in major Institutions such as Victoria and Albert Museum London, Centre Pompidou Paris, Chamber New York, Design Miami Basel, Design Museum Barcelona, Artipelag Museum Stockholm, Design Days Dubaï, Rossana Orlandi Milan, MAK Vienna.

Marlene is currently based between London and Paris and she is always open for collaborations and exciting projects.



A w a r d s   &   G r a n t s 

Justus Brinckmann Förderpreis | Nominated |  Hamburg, 2018

2018 Global Excellence Awards | Most Innovative Experimental Artist of the year 2018 |  London, 2018

2018 Business Excellence Awards | Most Innovative Design Studio |  London, 2018

Decorex International | Future Heritage |  London, 2017

The Arts Foundation Fellowship | Material Innovation | Nominated |  UK, 2016

IN Residence 10th Edition | Workshop  | Turino,  2016

Make me!  | Winner | Lodz Design Festival,  2015

Design Parade 10 | Nominated | Villa Noailles, Hyères,  2015

SEED FUND | Winner | London,  2015

DESIGN COUNCIL | Selected to represent the future of British design’One to Watch’ | London,  2015

Ambiente Messe Frankfurt | Talents 2015 | Frankfurt,  2015

DESIGNBLOK | Winner Product Design – Diploma Selection | Prague, october 2014

MATERIALICA | Nominated MATERIALICA Design + Technology Student Award 2014 | Munich,  2014

IDEAS TAP | Graduate Award – Design category | London,  2014

CSM Innovation | Selected by SEE for Pulse London 2014 | London,  2014

Roche Bobois | Finalist Design competition | London-Paris, 2013

FID Drawings for the future | Nominated | Paris,  2012




L e c t u r e s

Design Museum London | Designing for the planet,  december 2019

Global Design Forum – London Design Festival – Victoria & Albert Museum | Making Biodesign a commercial reality, september 2019

London Design Festival | Nature/Nurture: Biophilic design – learning from Nature,  september 2019

Domaine de BoisBuchet | Workshop, august 2019

Design March Reykjavík | Design Diplomacy, march 2019

Form/Design Center Malmö | Making with Nature, march 2019

Central Saint Martins | Material Futures Symposium, january 2019

Seoul Craft Trend Fair | Material Disruption, november 2018

Global Design Forum – London Design Festival – Victoria & Albert Museum | Material Disruption, september 2018

Spazio Nobile Gallery | Of Insects and Men, september 2018

Designskolen Kolding | Workshop, march 2018

Madrid Design Festival | Making with nature, february 2018

DesignTransfer | Material Changes, june 2017

Clerkenwell Design Week | Material Matters, may 2017

Camberwell College of Arts, march 2017

Be Brave | Operae, november 2016

Imaginative rituals with IN RESIDENCE | IQos Embassy, october 2016

Super Talks – The Joy & Jeopardy of  Making: Nature Transformed | Panel Discussion at London Design Fair, september 2016

A Future Made | Panel Discussion at Design Miami/ Basel with Aesop, the Crafts Council UK, and the New Craftsmen, june 2016

Biosalon at the Futuro House | organised by the Crafts Council and Central Saint Martins, december 2015

Norwich University of the Arts, december 2015




E d u c a t i o n

Central Saint Martins | MA Material Futures | London, 2014

National School of Design & Fine Art | BA Textile Design | Lyon, 2011