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 honey bee and the Indian silk worm.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. In 2020, she won the Wood Award in the Bespoke category for her beehive ‘Beehave’ for the Science Museum in London.
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 2018by 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 Design blok in 2014.Her work has been exhibited world wide 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