Marlène Huissoud

The pieces from Marlène Huissoud’s recent collection entitled ‘Cocoon’ are made from thousands of silkworms’ cocoons varnished with a thin layer of a dark natural honeybee bio resin. Beautifully sculptural, the works challenge design as simply functional while exploring new processes of making, in particular the use of sustainable material and insects’ material. 

Huissoud graduated with an MA from Central Saint Martins’ School of Art and Design in London 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 Victoria and Albert Museum London, Design Museum Barcelona, Artipelag Museum Stockholm and MAK Vienna. She lives and works in London.