Born in a family of beekeepers, Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud describes her work as the \u201ccelebration of the insect world\u201d: on a spree to explore the insect habitat in ever-growing urban cityscapes, Marl\u00e8ne brings us through her studio, work and the purpose behind her creations. Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud is a French-born experimental designer, graduated from Master of Arts Material Futures at Central Saint Martins\u2019 School of Art and Design in London in 2014, where she developed the project From Insects: an exploration of insect-related materials from the common honeybee and the Indian silkworm. Since then, Marl\u00e8ne has been one of the UK\u2019s top 70 rising design stars representing the future of British design winning many prestigious awards and recognitions. Who is Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud and which part of the day is most important for her? Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud: "I\u2019m a mix of different things, I like to keep my practice as open as possible, so I would say I position myself in between different fields: design, art, architecture, science, material innovation. I love the morning as I have routine, I like to take my time before going to the studio, listening to good music with my coffee, and read the news. I like very late-night work as well, I have created my best works at 5 am in the morning after a couple of expressos." https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vtJ7HKTHSO8w How did the Insect journey begin for Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud? What is the message behind the integration of insects in your design projects? Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud: "It started quite a while ago! I grew up in the French Alps with a family of beekeepers. So since I was little, I have a bit of an obsession with the mini insect world. I remember building with my sisters' favorite parks for insects with pools, games\u2026" Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud developed a new material derived from bees, for the collection "From Insects" "The message behind the integration of insects in my work is to help people to be more aware of other species, we are not alone on the planet and it looks like we forgot about it. Insectes is crucial and so important to us. What I want to celebrate is the beauty of the insect world and I would love them to have more space on our dear planet." Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud's 'Please stand by' collection is a residence for insects Can you tell us more about your recent project \u2018Please stand by\u2019? Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud: "The project was commissioned by Jane Whiters Studio to increase biodiversity within the city of London. \u2018Please Stand by\u2019 was presented during the London Design Festival in the garden in front of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Thanks to this commission I was able to make my first chair as a designer. And what a chair! It is not a chair for humans but for insects. The collection is composed of 2 chairs and 3 sculptures. By creating these habitats for the wildlife of the city of London, the goal of the project is to help insects to find a refuge, nest and hibernate within the city, to protect themselves and find a suitable environment for their needs." On-going work for the 'Please stand by' collection inside studio Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud "With the help of scientists, Robert Francis and Mak Brandon from King\u2019s College London, we have joined forces to create these new homes for insects who are designed and made in an organic and sustainable way. The pieces are both sculptural \/functional and are made out of natural clay (not fired to keep it as much primitive as possible), and then coated by a natural binder to protect them from the weather. The pieces use materials that the insects like and the colors of the materials are as well-chosen to reflect what they are attracted to in nature generally, for example, light colors; white\/grey and dark tones. These hotels are made for pollinators such as solitary bees, wasps, butterfly... These sculptural pieces are encouraging biodiversity in the gardens and increase ecosystem productivity. They are manmade structures created to provide shelter for pollinators." 'Please stand by' is a collection devoted to insects and improving their natural habitat by Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud Can you describe the process of generating these fascinating materials? Also, What is the most crucial as well as the most exciting stage in the process of production? Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud: "It always starts with a crazy kitchen scenario (which is quite funny as I\u2019m a terrible cook) where we do a lot of messy experiments until we find the perfect recipe. The most important part of the process is the failures you will meet on the way. It\u2019s really usual to leave sometimes the atelier with tears in your eyes because you didn\u2019t find what you desired, so you cry but the day after you come back stronger and you realize why you failed, but you fail again and suddenly it can be after few months you have this \u2018Eureka moment\u2019 and the magic happens. \u2018Ever tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better\u2019 Samuel Beckett." Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud's profound design of a beehive for the science museum in London Beehive design from the beehave collection by Studio Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud What is the reaction of visitors when they observe by your unique creations? Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud: "People are very intrigued by the pieces. First, they are intrigued by the shapes. All the creations of our studio are very organic in the shapes and the materials we use. The pieces have this strong ambiguity, they look very friendly and at the same time they feel alive yet sometimes can be scary as well. On top of that, they smell. And the smell of our materials has always been the best communicator of the projects." Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud has recently expanded her work by building cocoon architecture - completely handmade - with a vision of giving something back to nature If you had the chance to work with one designer, who would it be? And what would you do together? Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud: "I would answer one of my latest interests, Architecture. Since I gave this workshop at Domaine de Bois Buchet last July, where we built this 4meters tall Cocoon in the wood, I would love to do it again and bigger. My perfect collaborators would be Kengo Kuma, Peter Zumthor or Tadao Ando." "Let\u2019s have Cocoon places all around the world!!!" This bench designed by Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud represents cocoons of silkworms in her "From Insects" collection Your works are majorly created with silkworms-cocoons and bee-propolis. These raw materials are neither produced in a vast quantity nor easily available, what are the future possibilities and opportunities your materials offer in the market? Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud: "The aim of my work is to have a Statement about our way of consuming and producing. These statement pieces are here to talk to a wide audience about sustainability and ecological issues. We won\u2019t do mass-produced pieces for the moment. We will only work on projects which are close to our values. And I think it is one of the most important qualities of a designer or artist today: your authenticity. Not trying to be someone else, or communicate things you are not 100 percent sure about." Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud's experimental one-of-a-kind collection of vases made out of precious bee bio-resin There is a lot of buzz around sustainable materials these days. Which ones do you think will make a real impact from an environmental standpoint? Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud: "I\u2019m very happy about it actually, even if it became a trend, it is a good trend. When I started in 2013, it was the beginning of something you could already feel it at Central Saint Martins. But I still have difficulties with the word \u2018sustainability\u2019. I would encourage people and the young generation to be very honest and aware of what they say and put out there. I think all of these \u2018sustainable materials\u2019 can have an impact if they are well communicated to a larger audience and not only for design or art specialists." Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud working for the cocoon collection in her studio What upcoming works does Studio Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud has in store for us? Marl\u00e8ne Huissoud: "We are now working on bigger scale projects, mostly installation works for 2020 and 2021. It feels so good to look back when I started in 2013 and to see that the work is getting recognition worldwide and people are supporting us a lot. I feel very very lucky and happy happy happy happy to work on all those projects and collaborate with amazing people all around the world. STAY TUNED!"