Marlène Huissoud

'Some people call me an artist, others a designer, and some a weirdo.'

Marlene Huissoud is an experimental designer that works as a freelance designer for different companies alongside the art & design areas.  In 2014, she graduated from a MA Material 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. 

Marlene’s work questions our way of making by creating purposeful pieces that ethically challenge the properties of natural resources and that defy the role of Design in society and its use nowadays. Self aware and progressive, Marlene’s work balances Nature’s natural disorder with Man’s disordered need to find meaning in everything . Her work process is an invitation to take consciousness of our impact on Earth and act upon it.This juxtaposition allows the observer to take a look and wonder whether or not if things would be better if we just let the world be. She believes in the value of a concept and the importance of the creative process.  

Marlene 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 has been exhibited worldwide in major Institutions such as Victoria and Albert Museum London, Centre Pompidou Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, Chamber New York, Design Miami Basel, Design Museum Barcelona, Artipelag Museum Stockholm, Design Days Dubai, Rossana Orlandi Milan, MAK Vienna... 

Education

2014

2011

Central Saint Martins | MA Material Futures | London

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

Awards

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2014

Justus Brinckmann Förderpreis | Nominated

Global Excellence Awards | Most Innovative Experimental Artist of the year

Business Excellence Awards | Most Innovative Design Studio

Decorex International | Future Heritage

The Arts Foundation Fellowship | Material Innovation | Nominated

IN Residence 10th Edition | Workshop  | Turino

Make me!  | Winner | Lodz Design Festival

Design Parade 10 | Nominated | Villa Noailles, Hyères

SEED FUND | Winner | London

DESIGN COUNCIL | Selected to represent the future of British design

Ambiente Messe Frankfurt | Talents

DESIGNBLOK | Winner Product Design – Diploma Selection | Prague

MATERIALICA | Nominated MATERIALICA Design + Technology Student Award

IDEAS TAP | Graduate Award – Design category

Lectures

2020

Friedman Benda | Design in Dialogue with Glenn Adamson and Alice Liechtenstein |  Zoom

2016

2016

2016

2015

2015

Imaginative rituals with IN RESIDENCE | IQos Embassy

Super Talks – The Joy & Jeopardy of  Making: Nature Transformed

A Future Made | Design Miami/ Basel with Aesop, the Crafts Council UK, and the New Craftsmen

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

Norwich University of the Arts

2020

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

Umeå University of Design | Zoom

Design Museum London | Designing for the planet

Victoria & Albert Museum | Making Biodesign a commercial reality

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

Domaine de BoisBuchet | Workshop

Design March Reykjavík | Design Diplomacy

Form/Design Center Malmö | Making with Nature

Central Saint Martins | Material Futures Symposium

2018

2018

2018

2018

2018

2018

2017

2017

2016

Seoul Craft Trend Fair | Material Disruption

Victoria & Albert Museum | Material Disruption

Spazio Nobile Gallery | Of Insects and Men

Designskolen Kolding | Workshop

Madrid Design Festival | Making with nature

DesignTransfer | Material Changes

Clerkenwell Design Week | Material Matters

Camberwell College of Arts

Be Brave | Operae

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