Ambassador Graham Paul has invited two innovative material designers –Marlene Huissoud (FR) and Valdis Steinarsdóttir (IS) to his residence and is hosting an afternoon of design centred conversations.
Get a chance to hear the designers talk about various topics over a game of question cards that have been specially designed to power and spark the discussion. Then continue the conversation over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in this unusual setting.
Marlene Huissoud (FR) is an experimental designer who works with discarded silkworm cocoons and black propolis to create artefacts with patterns replicating those found in the world of nature. Valdis Steinarsdóttir (IS) of @10 (ex Studio Trippin), has been turning Icelandic horse hides into colourful everyday objects and recently designed biodegradable meat packaging from the skin of the animal itself.
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Marlène Huissoud is an experimental designer. Marlène works as a freelance designer for different companies alongside the art & design areas, and created her own company in 2013.
In 2014, she graduated from a MA Material Futures (known as Textile 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, Chamber New York, Design Miami Basel, Design Museum Barcelona, Artipelag Museum Stockholm, Design Days Dubaï, Rossana Orlandi Milan, MAK Vienna.
Marlene is currently based between London and Paris and she is always open for collaborations and exciting projects.
Valdís Steinarsdóttir is an Icelandic designer that focuses on material experiments and finding unique solutions to social and environmental issues.
She puts importance on an open approach to the design process and to the end result. It could be a product, clothing or even a performance, as long as it fits into the universe of the world she creates with her design. Through her projects she wants to have an open discussion with an audience, getting to the bottom of why we as a society think certain things are beautiful, interesting, ugly or offensive.
Valdís was nominated for the Icelandic presidential innovation awards in 2018 and won the first price in the prototype category at Forum Design de Paris.
Valdís is the creative director and founder of the design studio @10.