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.
Featuring works by John Makepeace, Ernst Gamperl, Marc Ricourt, Eleanor Lakelin, Marlène Huissoud, Adi Toch, David Gates, Helen Carnac, Nic Webb, Alex Devol, Sarah Pschorn, Adam Buick, Studio Furthermore, Joe Hogan, Michael Geertsen, Jim Partridge and Jochen Holz.
Designers: Juliette Bigley, Ane Christensen, Helen Carnac & David Gates, Rebecca de Quin, Christopher Duffy, Ernst Gamperl, Marlène Huissoud, Eleanor Lakelin, John Makepeace, Peter Marigold, Marc Ricourt, Simone ten Hompel, Adi Toch, Joseph Walsh, Nic Webb.
Designers: Beatwoven, Helen Carnac & David Gates, Christopher Duffy, Ernst Gamperl, Zaha Hadid & Gareth Neal, Marlène Huissoud, Eleanor Lakelin, Andrew Mackenzie, John Makepeace, Marc Ricourt, Joseph Walsh, Nic Webb.
Designers: Beatwoven, Helen Carnac, Christopher Duffy, Ernst Gamperl, David Gates, Marlène Huissoud, Eleanor Lakelin, John Makepeace, Aneta Regel, Marc Ricourt, Marcin Rusak, Wycliffe Stutchbury, Joseph Walsh, Nic Webb.
Works by Helen Carnac, Christopher Duffy, Ernst Gamperl, David Gates, Ruth Gurvich (kindly loaned by Vacheron Constantin), Zaha Hadid, Marlène Huissoud, Eleanor Lakelin, Gareth Neal, John Makepeace, Aneta Regel, Marc Ricourt, Wycliffe Stutchbury, Joseph Walsh and Nic Webb.