Milan Design Week 2018! For Transitions III, Lisanne Fransen & Harm Rensink created a pink-and-black ‘BeetleJuice’ world made entirely of coloured mirrors and striped light tubes. The striped, mirrored platforms reflect the exhibited objects, the light tubes, the visitors and the immense arching ceiling, resulting in an infinite visual echo in space.
The abstract forms and dark reflective surfaces recall discotheques held here in the heydays of the 1990s and early 2000s. What’s so special about these environments is that they are often totally absorbing, dragging people into a different ‘Alice in Wonderland’ world where they can gaze and wander in their own time, forgetting about the outside world.
During Dutch Design Week 2017, Modebelofte presented ‘Digital Realists’. A down to earth and hands on embrace of the digital age as the new normal.
Digital Realists are a new generation of fashion designers who ignore the borders between the physical and the digital world. The 18 international Digital Realists in this exhibition flawlessly combined on- and offline modes of research, design and production, synchronising traditional and artisanal techniques with advanced computing and often experimental - digital technology driven options.
In the abandoned V&D warehouse in the city centre of Eindhoven, Modebelofte showed how these fashion designers boomeranged their virtual fantasies back into the every day sphere where real humans could touch, smell and feel their creations.
This summer, designer and material artist Bart Hess celebrated the 10th anniversary of his studio with an overview exhibition of his body of work at the Stedelijk Museum in ’s-Hertogenbosch.
In close collaboration with the artist, Studio Harm Rensink and Lisanne Fransen transformed the museum’s exhibition space of 500 m2 into a tangible and poetic landscape where the visitors tumbled from one world into the next - exploring the video works, soundscapes and material experiments of Bart Hess.
A speculative exhibition about new objects and product that might enter our homes in the near future (in the next 10 - 50 years) and change our daily routines, rhythm and social interactions when at home. Initiated and curated by Lisanne Fransen in collaboration with Studio Harm Rensink. On show Fall 2015 at the National Museum, Stockholm Sweden.
The exhibition design provides acces to three possible future scenarios where we 1) long back to nature and try to withdraw ourselves from the plasticised consumer world, 2) merge our bodies and homes with the advanced discoveries in bio-technology and artificial intelligence and/or 3) start to colonise space as we have lost hope in the survival of mankind on planet earth.
Curator: Lisanne Fransen Curator Assistant: Hanna Johansson Exhibition Design: Harm Rensink Set Design: Studio Rene Siebum, Steven Banken, Ben van Kemenade Copy Writer Exhibition texts: Lisanne Fransen & Niklas Lundberg Assistance Copy Writing: Nicola Jones, Catherina Schook, Lisa Fritzell Poster photos: 1. Naomi Kizhner, 2. Ai Hasegawa Exhibition Photos: Linn Ahlgren/ Nationalmuseum
Närodlad Design (SE) Local Design (EN)
A critical exhibition about our unhinged consumer behaviour and the importance of knowing how and where things are produced in a world facing environmental challenges. Curated and created by Lisanne Fransen in collaboration with Svenskt Tenn. On show Fall 2016 at the Svenskt Tenn Gallery, Stockholm Sweden.
The exhibition design provides access to five of the Swedish workshops that have collaborated with Svenskt Tenn for many decades. It reveals the manual labor behind cabinet making, pewter casting, carpet production, glass blowing and rattan furniture production in Sweden. Here you can still find the type of craftsmanship and knowledge that was once passed down from generation to generation and is now in danger of disappearing with the older generation.
Kungliga Brudklänningar 1976 - 2015 (SE) Royal Wedding Dresses 1976 - 2015 (EN)
A poetic exhibition about royal bridal couture featuring five wedding dresses worn by the Swedish Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine, Princess Sofia and Princess Lilian - created and curated by the Swedish Royal Palace.
In collaboration with the Royal Palace and Guide ID, Lisanne Fransen wrote the manuscripts for the audio tours at this exhibition. Each audio station reveals information about the design process of the gown, its material, its designer, personal memories and other historical facts. On show Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 at the Royal Palace, Stockholm Sweden.
A music video for the world wide release of Trentemøller’s song “River In Me”, created and directed by duo Riton Emenius. As one of the junior art directors Lisanne Fransen worked on the props, costumes, sculptures and visualising the special - icy - effects on set.
Year: 2016 Artist: Trentemøller Production: Camp David Film Producer: Linnea Andersson Art Director: Riton Emenius Position: Junior Art Director
Breathe (EN) Andas (SE)
A film about stress and exhaustion by Madelene Lindberg. Lisanne Fransen created and build the set design for this movie.
How does it feel when you wake up one day with the feeling of total exhaustion: when everything stops and the big struggle starts to take place inside of you. We get to follow on a inner journey. Where the movement tells us what the words can not convey.
A thesis, publication and ongoing research - in the field of product design - on speculative design and the designers and scientists who are practicing it. Lisanne Fransen’s personal interest and research on speculative design have shaped the foundations of her practice and projects.
Today designers often focus on making technology easy to use, sexy, and consumable. Speculative design is a kind of design that is used as a tool to create not only things but to stage ideas, concepts, utopias or cautionary tales. In this way, design is a means of speculating about how things could be—to imagine possible futures. (source: Speculative Everything, design, fiction and social dreaming by Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, 2013, The MIT Press)
two pages of published booklet on the unique collaborations between designers and scientists
From 2011 - 2015 Lisanne Fransen was part of the project team of Organisation in Design. Here she worked as assistant art director/ assistant assistant curator on, amongst others, the following projects: Ventura Lambrate in Milan, Ventura London, the Ventura Storybook and the exhibition Design Relations at the Museum for Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The exhibition "Design Relations" Main exhibition at the 23rd Biennial of Design in Ljubljana Year of Realisation: 2012 Guest Curator: Organisation in Design Position: Guest-Curator Assistant Photos Domel Pal
The Ventura Project Storybook Year of Publication: 2015 Publisher: Organisation in Design Position: Author
The Ventura Projects Ventura Lambrate, Ventura Berlin, Ventura London Annually 2011 - 2014 Art Direction: Organisation in Design Position: Project Management Assistant