M a r l e n e H u i s s o u d
French-born and British based, 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 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 Chamber New York, Design Miami Basel, Victoria and Albert Museum London, Design Museum Barcelona, Artipelag Museum Stockholm, Design Days Dubaï, Rossana Orlandi Milan, Gallery Bensimon Paris, APalazzo Gallery Brescia, 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
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
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