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TRENT JANSEN

BIOGRAPHY

Trent Jansen is a designer based in Thirroul, Australia. Trent holds a Bachelor of Design from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in Sydney, spending a portion of his degree in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

After a period working under Marcel Wanders in Amsterdam, Trent returned to Australia to set up a design studio in Sydney, before moving his practice to Thirroul on the New South Wales South Coast.

Trent Jansen applies his method of Design Anthropology to the design of products and furniture for manufacturers including Moooi, DesignByThem and Tait. This approach is also applied to the design of limited edition and one-off pieces for clients including the Molonglo Group and design galleries Broached Commissions and Gallery All.

Trent lectures and holds workshops at various educational institutions in Australia and abroad. At the moment Trent teaches as part of the Built Environment and Art & Design Faculties at the University of New South Wales and the School of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. Trent is currently undertaking a Phd at the University of Wollongong under renowned Australian art historian Ian McLean.

Trent Jansen is represented by Broached Commissions and Living Edge in Australia, and Gallery All in Beijing and Los Angeles.

Trent Jansen’s work has been produced by Tait, DesignByThem and Broached Commissions in Australia, Sekimoto in Japan and Moooi in The Netherlands.

Trent Jansen’s work is held in the public collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, University of New South Wales and University of Wollongong.

Image Credit – Marcus Piper

Selected Exhibitions and Recognition:

~ 2017 ~ Creating the Contemporary Chair Exhibition – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

~ 2017 ~ Broached Monsters Exhibition – Criteria Collection, Melbourne, Australia.

~ 2016 ~ XX1T – 21st International Exhibition – Triennale Di Milano, Italy.

~ 2016 ~ Porosity Kabari, Studio X, Mumbai, India.

~ 2015 ~ Gallery All Exhibition ~ Design Miami, USA.

~ 2014 ~ Broached Retreat Exhibition ~ Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.

~ 2013 ~ Chinaman’s File Rocking Chair ~ Launched with Broached Commissions at Broached East, Melbourne, Australia.

~ 2012 ~ Briggs Family Tea Service ~ Launched with Broached Commissions at Broached Colonial, Sydney, Australia.

~ 2011 ~ Inclusion in Sydney’s 100 most influential people of 2010 ~ Sydney Morning Herald.

~ 2010 ~ Winner ~ Space Furniture+Edra Design Residency with Massimo Morozzi, Perignano, Italy.

~ 2009 ~ Finalist ~ London Design Museum ~ Brit Insurance Design of the Year Award, United Kingdom.

~ 2008 ~ Winner ~ Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award.

~ 2008 ~ Pregnant Chair ~ Launched with Moooi at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, Italy.

~ 2007 ~ Inclusion in & Fork ~ 100 of the world’s most interesting product designers ~ Phaidon Press.

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BROACHED MONSTERS BY TRENT JANSEN

CRITERIA COLLECTION, MELBOURNE ~ 2017

Prior to colonisation Australia was imagined, in the northern hemisphere, as a vast southern landmass…and little else was factually known. Fabulous creatures, of incredible proportions and improbable anatomy, filled the void of knowledge.

Fear of these creatures was legitimised when early British colonists started to learn of the frightful monsters in Aboriginal folklore. This fear of what lurked in the unknown fathoms of Australian bush land soon became a point of cultural confluence for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Over 5 years of research and design investigation Trent Jansen has recreated two creatures that represent both Indigenous and non-Indigenous vernaculars – Pankalangu and the Hairy Wild Man From Botany Bay – suggesting these conflating myths as central figures for a national mythology that is inclusive of both cultures.

Broached Commissions was co-founded by Lou Weis & Vincent Aiello.

Where
Criteria Collection
66 Gwynne Street,
Cremorne, VIC

Exhibition dates
17 February – 19 March 2017

Supporters
Criteria Collection
Broached Commissions

Image Credit – Dan Hocking

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AT HOME

OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE, PARRAMATTA ~ 2016

At Home is curated by Australian design expert David Clark to showcase objects from some of Australia’s leading contemporary designers alongside the significant Georgian furniture collection of Old Government House.

At Home celebrates the uniqueness of Australian design. Spanning almost 200 years, the objects on display throughout the House invite visitors to consider the past, present and future of Australian furniture and interior design.

Works on Show – Pregnant Chair, Jugaad With Car Parts, Sign Stool Limited Edition, Jugaad With Pottery Vessels, Sign Stool 450 and Briggs Family Tea Service.

Curated by David Clark.

Where
Old Government House
Pitt Street,
Parramatta, NSW

Exhibition dates
11 November 2016 – 22 January 2017

Supporters
National Trust

Image Credit – Michael Wee

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XX1T ~ 21ST INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION

TRIENNALE DI MILANO, MILAN, ITALY ~ 2016

The Briggs Family Tea Service, design for Broached Commissions, was selected for presentation as part of XX1T – 21st International Exhibition curated by the Triennale Di Milano. The exhibition ran for six months, opening at various important sites throughout Milan on April 2nd, running through the Salone Internazionale Del Mobile, and closing on September 12th, 2016.

XX1T focused on ‘21st Century – Design After Design’ ~ “collecting, mapping and selecting the most original and innovative actions carried out in architecture, design, crafts, visual and performing arts, film, music, fashion by all creative individuals, groups, ‘tribes’, schools” born after 1980.

It was a privilege to be a part of this exhibition and to have the Briggs Family Tea Service recognised as part of a global shift in the way we create.

Where
Triennale Di Milano
Viale Emilio Alemagna,
Milano, Italy

Exhibition dates
2 April – 12 September 2016

Supporters
La Triennale Di Milano
University of Wollongong
Broached Commissions

Image Credit – Triennale Di Milano and Scottie Cameron

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POROSITY KABARI EXHIBITION

STUDIO X, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ~ 2016

Porosity Kabari was an interdisciplinary,
cross-cultural, collaborative project whereby
Australian object designer Trent Jansen, and
architect/artist Professor Richard Goodwin, worked with Indian creative thinker Ishan Khosla.

The project challenged these three designers to collaborate in Mumbai’s ‘Chor Bazaar’ (thieves market) and Studio X, using the bazaar as their only source of materials and making processes. In the bazaar, the designers learned from spontaneous conversation and experimentation with the vendors and crafts people working in this manic market place. Conversely, Studio X afforded the designers a space for considered discussion and precise prototyping, in the development of refined ideas to be taken back into the bazaar.

Porosity Kabari ~ Creative Rationale:

How can something become something else? This is the essence of sustainable design in a contingent society such as India – a society without the common social safeguards of developed nations, one where the survival of each individual is determined by their unique ability to be creative and resourceful. While the rest of the world struggles with the environmental implications of designed obsolescence and disposable consumption, India is a place where resourcefulness is part of the everyday. Found throughout India, ‘Kabari Bazaars’ (junk markets) and ‘Chor Bazaars’ (thieves markets) are the neighbourhoods where many of India’s useful things end up at the end of their long lives. It is in these bazaars that many useful objects are given a second life – car panels are transformed into ad-hock cookers and old clothing is quilted into rugs for snake charmers. Radical transformation at its best.

One core principal of the Chor Bazaar is the ad-libbed nature of making, where time spent agonising over a design decision is income lost. The short period of time allocated to the designers (3 weeks) and the ad-hock making methods adopted by bazaar workers meant that design decisions were made quickly. The designers made decision in the moment, as the maker with whom they worked gave shape to those decisions with an immediacy that is seldom experienced in the Australian context. The complete novelty of these work practices, combined with the exotic material palette found in the Chor Bazaar, forced the designers to adopt an entirely new method of designing, changing their practices and providing the potential for a series of outcomes that are unique within their portfolios.

The sculptural furniture objects created in
Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar and Studio X formed the Porosity Kabari Exhibition. This exhibition was presented by Mumbai’s Studio X in February 2016.

Where
Studio X, Columbia University
192, 4th Floor, Kitab Mahal, Dadabhai Naoroji Road, Fort, Mumbai

Exhibition dates
19 – 26 February 2016

Supporters
Studio X, Columbia University
Parsons University Mumbai
University of Wollongong

Image Credit – Neville Sukhia, Studio X and Trent Jansen

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BROACHED RETREAT

ULLENS CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, BEIJING, CHINA ~ 2014

On Friday the 23rd of May the Broached Commissions opened Broached Retreat, a retrospective of our first two collections at the prestigious Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing. Broached was invited by Gallery Director Philip Tinari to be the first ever design exhibition, and the first Australian representatives to exhibit at the UCCA.

Located in Beijing’s 798 Art District, the UCCA was founded by influential art collectors Baron and Baroness Guy and Myriam Ullens de Schooten and has grown to become a leading museum of contemporary art in the People’s Republic of China.

Broached Retreat was produced by Broached Commissions Creative Director Lou Weis and the exhibition was designed by long-term collaborator Chen Lu.

The exhibition included work from Broached Colonial and Broached East by Adam Goodrum, Charles Wilson, Keiji Ashizawa, Azuma Makoto, Chen Lu, Naihan Li, and Trent Jansen, as well as recent work by Max Lamb, Dzek, Susan Dimasi and U-P.

The Chinaman’s File Rocking Chair, Briggs Family Tea Service and the MaterialByProduct Weaving Frame were three of the pieces exhibited at Broached Retreat.

Exhibition Designed by Chen Lu.

Where
UCCA
4 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu,
Beijing, China

Exhibition dates
24 May – 29 August 2014

Supporters
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
Broached Commissions
Asialink
Australia Council for the Arts
College of Fine Arts

Image Credit – Yvette Tang and Maozhenyu

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BROACHED EAST

BROACHED COMMISSIONS ~ 2013

Broached East was the second Broached Commissions exhibition, opening in Melbourne in 2013.

For this exhibition, creative director Lou Weis invited six designers from Australia, Japan and China to respond to the link between Australia and Asia that shaped Australia during the first half of the 19th Century. The six designers invited to develop work for Broached East were Azuma Makoto, Adam Goodrum, Keiji Ashizawa, Charles Wilson, Naihan Li and Trent Jansen.

Trent Jansen designed the Chinaman’s File Rocking Chair for this collection.

Where
Broached Gallery
Level 7, 388 Bourke Street,
Melbourne, VIC

Exhibition dates
6 March – 20 April 2013

Supporters
Broached Commissions

Image Credit – Broached Commissions and Scottie Cameron

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BROACHED COLONIAL

BROACHED COMMISSIONS ~ 2011

Broached Colonial was the inaugural Broached Commissions exhibition, opening in both Melbourne and Sydney in 2011.

For this exhibition, creative director Lou Weis invited six designers from Australia and the United Kingdom to respond to Australia’s colonial period through the medium of limited edition designed objects. The six designers invited to develop work for Broached Colonial were Max Lamb, Adam Goodrum, Lucy McRae, Charles Wilson, Chen Lu and Trent Jansen.

Trent Jansen designed the Briggs Family Tea Service for this collection.

Where
Paramount Building
80 Commonwealth Street,
Surry Hills, NSW

Exhibition dates
10 November – 20 November 2011

Supporters
Broached Commissions

Image Credit – Broached Commissions

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SPACE+EDRA RESIDENCY

EDRA, PERIGNANO, ITALY ~ 2010

In 2010 Trent Jansen was awarded the inaugural Space+Edra Design Residency. The residency was awarded by Edra’s creative director Massimo Morozzi and saw Trent spend two months working with Massimo and the product development team at the head quarters of Edra in Perignano, Italy.

Image Credit – Edra and Trent Jansen

Supporters
Space Furniture
Edra

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DESIGN DISCOVERY AWARD

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE ~ 2008

In October 2008, Trent Jansen was awarded the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award. This is one of the most prestigious design awards in Australia, presented once a year to a promising, establishing Australian designer.

This year Massimo Morozzi (creative director of Edra) as well as Humberto and Fernando Campana were flown to Australia to present the award.

Image Credit – Bombay Sapphire

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MOOOI

SALONE INTERNAZIONALE DEL MOBILE ~ 2008

In 2008 the Pregnant Chair was launched with Moooi at Super Studio in Zona Tortona, Milano during the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile.

Image Credit – Moooi