Trent Jansen is a designer based in Thirroul, Australia, and Lecturer at the University of New South Wales Art & Design, Sydney Australia. Trent also lectures and holds workshops at various educational institutions in Australia and abroad.
Trent gained his PhD from the University of Wollongong under renowned Australian art historian Ian McLean, and his Bachelor of Design from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in Sydney, spending a portion of his undergraduate 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, Criteria and Gallery All.
“Trent has a great deal of respect for cultural heritage and is extraordinarily thorough in incorporating cultural identity and history into his works … his collaboration with Broached Commissions has the same kind of take on defining the Australian design identity as Droog has done for the Dutch design identity”
Marcel Wanders – Mezzanine, 2015.
Trent Jansen is represented by Broached Commissions, Criteria and Living Edge in Australia, and Gallery All in Beijing and Los Angeles. Trent’s work has been produced by Tait, DesignByThem and Broached Commissions in Australia, Sekimoto in Japan and Moooi in The Netherlands. And his work is held in the public collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, University of New South Wales and University of Wollongong.
Image Credit – Marcus Piper
Selected Exhibitions and Recognition
~ 2018 ~ Design Storytellers : The Work of Broached Commissions – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
~ 2017 ~ Finalist ~ Ramsay Art Prize ~ Art Gallery of South Australia.
~ 2017 ~ Creating the Contemporary Chair Exhibition – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
~ 2016 ~ XX1T – 21st International Exhibition – Triennale Di Milano, Italy.
~ 2016 ~ Porosity Kabari, Studio X, Mumbai, India.
~ 2014 ~ Broached Retreat Exhibition ~ Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.
~ 2013 ~ Chinaman’s File Rocking Chair – Launched with Broached Commissions.
~ 2012 ~ Briggs Family Tea Service – Launched with Broached Commissions.
~ 2011 ~ Inclusion in Sydney’s 100 most influential people of 2010 ~ Sydney Morning Herald.
~ 2009 ~ Finalist ~ London Design Museum ~ Brit Insurance Design of the Year Award, United Kingdom.
~ 2008 ~ Winner ~ Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award.
~ 2007 ~ Inclusion in & Fork ~ 100 of the world’s most interesting product designers ~ Phaidon Press.