Trent Jansen

Lecturer

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 the Trent Jansen 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 a co-founder of Australian limited edition design house Broached Commissions, and is represented by Broached Commissions, Criteria and Living Edge in Australia, and Gallery All in Beijing and Los Angeles. Trent’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including: National Gallery of Victoria in 2017 and 2013, Salon Art+Design, New York City in 2017, XX1T - the 21st International Exhibition at the Triennale Di Milano in 2016, Design Days Dubai and Design Miami in 2015, The Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing in 2014, Broached Colonial, Sydney and Melbourne in 2011, London Design Museum in 2009 and Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Italy in 2008.

Trent Jansen’s awards include: Australia Council for the Arts ‘Project Funding’ Award in 2017, the Space+Edra Design Residency in 2010, the Bombay Sapphire ‘Design Discovery’ Award in 2008, the Spiral ‘Rendez-vous’ Japanese Manufacturing Residency in 2006, the Australia Council for the Arts ‘New Work’ Award in 2005 and the Object ‘New Design’ National Graduate Award in 2004. 

Trent Jansen’s work has been featured in such design publications as: Dezeen, Yellow Trace, I.D. - ‘The International Design Magazine - New + Notable 2008’, &Fork - ‘100 of the World’s Most Interesting Product Designers’ - Phaidon Press Limited, 2007 and UpCycle! ‘More than 100 upcycling ideas for furniture, lighting, products, and accessories!’ - Ginkgo Press, 2012. 

Trent Jansen’s work is in production with Tait, DesignByThem and Broached Commissions in Australia, Sekimoto in Japan and Moooi in The Netherlands.

www.trentjansen.com

Creative Works (non-textual)
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Jansen T; Nargoodah J, 2020, Partu (Skin), Auckland Art Fair, Online (Virtual Fair due to Covid-19), 30 April 2020 - 17 May 2020, medium: Aluminium, New Zealand saddle leather, Scandinavian upholstery leather, plywood, stainless steel, polyurethane and brass, at: https://artfair.co.nz/
2020
Jansen T, 2020, Nuptial Pendants, Workshopped, Australian Design Centre, 06 August 2020 - 30 September 2020, medium: Cotton, steel and polypropylene, at: https://workshopped.com.au/exhibition/
2020
Jansen T; Nargoodah J, 2020, Martuwarra Jiliny Walyarra Chaise Longue and Side Tables, Hybrid: Objects for Future Homes, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 12 September 2020 - 28 February 2021, medium: Scandinavian leather, composite board, rough Glen Innes black spinel gem stones, polyurethane foam and plywood., at: https://maas.museum/event/hybrid-objects-for-future-homes/
2020
Jansen T; Nargoodah J, 2020, Martuwarra Jiliny Walyarra Side Tables, Hybrid: Objects for Future Homes, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 12 September 2020 - 28 February 2021, medium: Walnut, rough Glen Innes black spinel gem stones, at: https://maas.museum/event/hybrid-objects-for-future-homes/
2020
Jansen T, 2020, Pankalangu Wardrobe, Milano Design City, Galleria Rossana Orlandi, 29 September 2020 - 10 October 2020, medium: Plywood, Queensland walnut, copper and brass., at: https://www.rossanaorlandi.com/milano-design-city/
2020
Jansen T; Nargoodah J, 2020, Ngumu Janka Warnti Side Table and Coffee Table, Summer Group Exhibition, Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, 26 November 2020 - 16 December 2020, medium: Aluminium and Italian leather, at: https://gallerysallydancuthbert.com/viewing-room/15-summer-group-exhibition/
2020
Jansen T; Nargoodah J, 2020, Ngumu Janka Warnti (All Made from Rubbish), Partu (Skin), Arc One Gallery, 12 March 2020 - 11 April 2020, medium: Aluminium, New Zealand saddle leather, at: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/partu-skin-by-johnny-nargoodah-and-trent-jansen/
2020
Jansen T; Nargoodah J, 2020, Saddle, Partu (Skin, Arc One Gallery, 12 March 2020 - 11 April 2020, medium: Scandinavian upholstery leather, plywood, stainless steel, polyurethane and brass, at: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/partu-skin-by-johnny-nargoodah-and-trent-jansen/
2020
Jansen T; Bridgland K; Roberts A, 2020, Grey Zone, Grey Zone, Artbank, Collingwood, Victoria, 12 March 2020 - 28 May 2020, medium: Various art and design works, mild steel, Artbank exhibition space, at: https://www.artbank.gov.au/exhibitions/grey-zone
2020
Jansen T, 2019, Pankalangu Wardrobe, Rossana Orlandi, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy, Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Milan, Italy, 09 April 2019 - 09 April 2020, medium: Plywood, Queensland walnut, copper and brass., at: http://rossanaorlandi.com/
2019
Jansen T; Nicholson C, 2019, Shaker Family Home, Alchemysts, Cambi, Milan, Italy, 15 June 2019 - 15 July 2019, medium: American cherry, brass and mirror, at: https://www.valentinaguidiottobri.com/home/2019/6/11/alchemysts
2019
Jansen T; Nargoodah J, 2019, Untitled Chair, Sydney Contemporary, Carriage Works, 12 September 2019 - 15 September 2019, medium: Used aluminium mesh, laser cut aluminium plate and New Zealand leather, at: https://sydneycontemporary.com.au/galleries/
2019
Jansen T; Goodwin R; Khosla I, 2019, Porosity Kabari, Porosity Kabari, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, 18 October 2019 - 01 December 2019, medium: Used car parts, copper, photography and terracotta, at: https://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/gallery/exhibitions/exhibitions/2019-exhibitions/porosity-kabari
2019
Jansen T, 2019, Norma Heather Shed, Habitus, 64 Phillip Street, Thirroul NSW 2515, 12 December 2019 - 29 February 2020, medium: Rusted corrugated iron, steel roofing frame, timber wall frame, polished concrete floor, cast concrete deck, over-pour concrete retailing wall, reclaimed furniture and fixtures, at: https://trentjansen.com/press/
2019
Jansen T, 2019, Nuptial Pendants, DesignByThem, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy, Studio Via Farini, Milan, Italy, 09 April 2019 - 14 April 2019, medium: Cotton, steel and polypropylene, at: https://www.designbythem.com/blogs/events/milan-design-week-2019
2019
Jansen T, 2018, Broached Monsters (Pankalangu Credenza), Gallery All, Design Miami/Basel, 11 June 2018 - 17 June 2018, medium: Plywood, Queensland walnut, copper and Tasmanian wallaby pelt, at: http://basel2018.designmiami.com/
2018
Jansen T, 2018, Pankalangu Credenza, Design Miami/Basel, Design Miami/Basel, 11 June 2018 - 17 June 2018, medium: Queensland walnut, brass and copper, at: http://basel2018.designmiami.com/
2018
Jansen T; Minga R; Nargoodah J; Maselli W, 2018, Broached Monsters (Jangarra Armchair), Broached Commission : Design Storytellers, National Gallery of Victoria, 16 August 2018 - 15 February 2019, medium: Yartalu Wood and Human Hair, at: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/design-storytellers/
2018
Jansen T, 2018, Broached Monsters (Pankalangu Collection), Broached Commissions : Design Storytellers, National Gallery of Victoria, 16 August 2018 - 15 February 2019, medium: Plywood, Queensland walnut, copper, brass, Tasmanian wallaby pelt, stainless steel, polyurethane foam, French leather, aluminium and New Zealand leather, at: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/design-storytellers/
2018
Jansen T, 2018, Broached Monsters (Hairy Wild Man from Botany Bay Collection), Broached Commissions : Design Storytellers, National Gallery of Victoria, 16 August 2018 - 15 February 2019, medium: Glass, silicone, stainless steel, cable assembly, Icelandic sheep skin, New Zealand Leather, American walnut, polyurethane foam and aluminium., at: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/design-storytellers/
2018
Jansen T, 2018, Pankalangu Wardrobe, Pankalangu Armchair, Pankalangu Sidetable, HWMFBB Chandelier, HWMFBB Chaise Lounge, Briggs Family Tea Service, Chinaman's File Rocking Chair and Jangarra Armchair, Design Storytellers : The Work of Broached Commissions, National Gallery of Victoria, 16 August 2018 - 15 February 2019, medium: Various, at: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/design-storytellers/
2018
Jansen T, 2018, Pankalangu Credenza, Design Miami, Design Miami, 05 December 2018 - 09 December 2018, medium: Queensland walnut, brass and copper, at: http://miami2019.designmiami.com/
2018
Jansen T; Goodwin R; Khosla I, 2018, Porosity Kabari, Porosity Kabari, Australian Design Centre, 05 April 2018 - 22 May 2018, medium: Various, at: https://australiandesigncentre.com/past-exhibitions-and-events/porosity-kabari/
2018
Jansen T; Nargoodah J; Shaw D, 2017, Collision Collection, In Cahoots, Fremantle Arts Centre, 25 November 2017 - 28 January 2018, medium: Found car bonnet, stainless steel and New Zealand leather, at: https://www.fac.org.au/whats-on/post/in-cahoots/
2017
Jansen T, 2017, Teena's Washing Trolley, Object Therapy, Australian Design Centre, 06 April 2017 - 07 June 2017, medium: Used laundry trolley, at: https://australiandesigncentre.com/object-therapy/
2017
Jansen T; Nargoodah J; Minga R, 2017, In Cahoots, In Cahoots, Fremantle Arts Centre, 25 November 2017 - 28 January 2018, medium: Yartalu wood and human hair, at: https://www.fac.org.au/whats-on/post/in-cahoots/
2017
Jansen T; Galwani A, 2016, Jugaad with Pottery, Porosity Kabari, Studio X, Columbia University, 19 February 2016 - 26 February 2016, medium: Terracotta
2016
Jansen T, 2016, Jugaad with Car Parts, Porosity Kabari, Studio X, Columbia University, 19 February 2016 - 26 February 2016, medium: Used car panel and copper
2016
Jansen T; Galwani A, 2016, Dropping a Kumbhar Wala Matka, Porosity Kabari, Studio X, Columbia University, 19 February 2016 - 26 February 2016, medium: Terracotta and photography., at: http://studiox-mumbai.tumblr.com/post/139493396518/please-join-us-the-australian-consul-general
2016
Jansen T, 2015, Nuptial Pendants, Saturday InDesign, Design By Them, 13 August 2015 - 15 August 2015, medium: Cotton, steel and polypropylene
2015
Jansen T; Tait G; Tait S, 2015, Tidal Collection, Steel, Jam Factory, 09 September 2015 - 16 September 2015, medium: Stainless steel wire, at: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1055/4374/files/STEEL_5a980b58-0000-4863-b9b6-57b6d370c47e.pdf?13934173310261215675
2015
Jansen T, 2013, Chinaman's File Rocking Chair, Broached Retreat, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, 06 March 2013 - 20 April 2013, medium: Manchurian ash and stainless steel, at: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/broached-retreat/
2013
Jansen T, 2011, Briggs Family Tea Service, Broached Retreat, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, 27 October 2011 - 05 November 2011, medium: Porcelain, copper, brass, wallaby pelt and bull kelp., at: http://ucca.org.cn/en/exhibition/broached-retreat/
2011
Jansen T, 2010, 3D Stencil Project, State of Design: Victoria's Design Festival, Format; Higson Lane, Melbourne, 19 July 2010 - 25 July 2010, medium: Expanding foam, stainless steel, led assembly and 9V battery., at: https://www.stateofdesign.com.au/public-events/exhibitions/3d-stencil=project
2010
Jansen T, 2008, Kissing Pendants, Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Exhibition, Object Gallery, - , medium: 3d printed ABS plastic, proximity switch, magnet.
2008
Jansen T, 2008, Pregnant Chair, Moooi, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Super Studio, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, - , medium: European Ash
2008
Conference Presentations
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Creative Written Works
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Jansen T, 2017, Australian Australian Design, NGV Triennial 2017, National Gallery of Victoria, https://store.ngv.vic.gov.au/products/ngv-triennial-2017
2017
Theses / Dissertations
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Jansen T, 2017, Monsters : Australian Mythology, National Identity and the Design of Australian Material Culture, University of Wollongong
2017
Conference Papers
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Jansen T, 2011, 'Briggs Family Tea Service for Broached Commissions, Cultural Collision in the Early Years of Tasmanian Colonisation', in Collaboration in experimental design research symposium, School of Design Studies College of Fine Arts University of New South Wales, Sydney, pp. 68 - 73, presented at Collaboration in Experimental Design Research Symposium, College of Fine Arts Sydney, 05 August 2011 - 06 August 2011
2011

- 2017 - Finalist - Ramsay Art Prize - Art Gallery of South Australia.

- 2010 - Winner - Space+Edra Design Residency with Massimo Morozzi.

- 2009 - Finalist - Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Award - London Design Museum.

- 2008 - Winner - Australia Council for the Arts Milan Studio Residency.

- 2008 - Winner - Emerging Designer - [inside] Magazine Idea Award.

- 2008 - Winner - Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award.

- 2008 - Winner - Kobe G8 Environment Minister’s Furoshiki Award - Design 21.

- 2006 - Winner - Spiral Rendez-vous - Japanese Manufacturing Residency.

- 2004 - Winner - New Design, National Graduate Award - Object Gallery.

- 2020 - ARC Linkage entitled Designing for sustainability using a transformative repair model, aiming to contribute to a sustainable design economy in Australia with partners Australian Design Centre; Jamfactory Contemporary Craft & Design Incorporated; and Design Tasmania Limited.

- 2018 - Australia Council for the Arts Project Funding grant for a collaboration with Johnny Nargoodah for the National Gallery of Victoria's Melbourne Design Week.

- 2017 - Australia Council for the Arts Project Funding grant for Fremantle Art Centre's In Cahoots Project.

- 2013 - Australian Postgraduate Award for Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wollongong.

- 2005 - New Work grant - Australia Council for the Arts.

Furniture and object design, Australian national identity and Australian material culture, furniture production processes and materials, Design Anthropology, and cross cultural Indigenous and non-Indigenous creative collaboration.

Jansen TL, 2014, Chinaman’s File Rocking Chair, Indesign Publishing, Surry Hills, http://www.habitusliving.com/past-issues
2014
Jansen T, 2014, Crossing a Line with Indigenous Culture and Design, Sydney Observer, Sydney
2014
Jansen TL, 2014, I merge Indigenous stories with my design – maybe others should too, The Conversation Media Group, Melbourne, http://theconversation.com/i-merge-indigenous-stories-with-my-design-maybe-others-should-too-34132
2014
Jansen T, 2011, Australia India Design Residency - Reflections by Trent Jansen, Sangam Project, http://sangamproject.net/australia-india-design-residencyreflections-by-trent-jansen
2011

My general teaching interests are in object and furniture design, with a more specific focus in critical design and design anthropology methodologies. I bring my interest in material culture theory to the class room, and encourage students to consider the ways in which an object embodies the values, ideas, attitudes and assumptions (the culture) of its designer. I teach students to understand their work as vessels for information dissemination, rather than simply functional objects. In this way, I help students to use design as a medium to communicate their values to the world, treating design as activism, with the potential to facilitate attitudinal and behavioural change within a chosen audience.