Marlène Huissoud

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Marlène Huissoud is an experimental artist and designer. 

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. Her work questions our way of making by challenging the properties of natural resources. She believes in the value of the concept, not only with an outcome but with the complete creative process.

She 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 as been exhibited worldwide in major Institutions such as Victoria and Albert Museum London, Centre Pompidou Paris, Chamber New York, Design Miami Basel, Design Museum Barcelona, Artipelag Museum Stockholm, Design Days Dubaï, Rossana Orlandi Milan, MAK Vienna.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

Strange Design, From objects to behaviours (2015)
Design as an Attitude by Alice Rawsthorn (2018)
Design as Art by Bruno Munari (1966)
Jahresring 64 - What is Different? by Wolfgang Tillmans (2018)

Most visited blogs, websites?

The Guardian
Le Monde
Freunde von Freunden
The New York Times
Frieze Magazine

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What apps do you use the most and why?

Instagram, definitely! I enjoy looking at the development of people I admire but don’t spend too much time scrolling. 
And of course the Mail app, as it is a big part of my daily life at the studio.

I like to collect small objects from people I love. I have recently started a collection of experiments from makers, mostly early failures in their researches. I keep them at home and love their presences.

Whats currently on your playlist?

Con Todo El Mundo (Cómo me quieres) by Khruangbin
The Sweetest tabou (The ultimate collection) by Sade
Take care (Teen Dream) by Beach House
The Blacker the Berry (To pimp a Butterfly) by Kendrick Lamar
Acid Rain (The Maze to Nowhere) by Lorn
Call me Up (Fresh Air) by Homeshake
Moan by Trentemøller

What records would you recommend to hear?

Con Todo el Mundo by Khruangbin
Once by Peggy Gou
Immunity by Jon Hopkins
EP2 by Yaeji

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Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

Paris is burning (1990)
No country for Old Men (2007)
Ghost Dog (1999)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)
Oldboy (2003)
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)

Which artists working today do you admire most?

Olafur Elliasson
Neri Oxman
Yayoi Kusama
Wolfgang Tillmans
Julian Charrière

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

I don’t watch TV… Sorry!!

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Who are you following?

I follow people mostly on Instagram. People I admire and friends. I’m not the most active person on liking, scrolling, watching but I appreciate to follow the path of an artist or someone I love, just to cite a few:


What tools do you use in your work?

Simple tools. My practice is very intuitive and very hands on. Sometimes I create my own tools to feel more confortable with the repetitive missions.

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

I read most of the news online which is interesting as I will not be able to read a book on a tablet for example.

What are your favorite gadgets?

I like to collect small objects from people I love. I have recently started a collection of experiments from makers, mostly early failures in their researches. I keep them at home and love their presences.

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Marlène Huissoud

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All photos by © Studio Marlène Huissoud.

Portrait image by © Lola Hale