of insects and  men 

Marlène Huissoud

Inspired by the viability of utilising insects and their waste streams to create future craft artefacts, Of Insects & Men is particularly interested to challenge common industrial waste materials such as glass and to combine them with similar natural materials developed by Marlene Huissoud

The designs don’t see insect materials as materials of substitution because they give new properties to the materials that already exist. Honeybee bio resin has revealed other properties that give the project unique and unexpected characteristics (eg colours, texture, facility to manipulate engraved glass).

The industrial look and feel of the honeybee bio resin pushes us to question what is a natural material and what can be its relation to industrial waste materials.

The project is a celebration of two discarded materials that have similarities but various properties. The honeybee bio resin is used to bind glass pieces together in those sculptural alien look pieces. It is questioning and underlining the way of how we use materials nowadays and in the future. This makes us wonder how two waste materials, natural and industrial can complement each other perfectly, giving us an up-cycling approach as it’s crucial to re-orient ourselves to the natural world and find new ways of generating cycles in our design process.

GLOSSINESS

TRANSLUCENCE

HARDNESS

TEMPERATURE

ACOUSTICS

ODOUR

FIRE RESISTANT

SCRATCH RESISTANT

WEATHER RESISTANT

WEIGHT

RENEWABLE

properties