Marlène Huissoud

Marlène Huissoud developed the Cocoon series out of an innate interest in the use of organic, biological and sustainable materials and their material possibilities when used in furniture designing. Her upbringing in the rural French Alpes, surrounded by her father’s activities as a beekeeper, influenced her to explore the possibilities of using honeybee resin and silkworm cocoons when designing furniture. Using thousands of silkworm cocoons varnished with a thin layer of a dark natural honeybee bio resin, the works challenge design as simply functional while exploring new processes of making. 

Huissoud lives and works in Paris. She graduated with an MA from Central Saint Martins’ School of Art and Design (London) in 2014, where she first developed the project From Insects: an exploration of insect materials. She has been named as one of the UK’s top 70 rising design stars and represented the Future of British Design organised by Design Council in 2015. She has been nominated by the Arts Foundation UK for the Material Innovation Award in 2016, won the Make me! Design Prize in 2015, was nominated for Design Parade at Villa Noailles in 2015, and won the Diploma Selection Award at Designblok in 2014. Her work as been exhibited worldwide in major institutions such as Centre Pompidou, Paris, Victoria and Albert Museum London, Design Museum Barcelona, Artipelag Museum Stockholm and MAK Vienna.