Michelle Janssen – Hästens

Michelle Janssen

Boulevard de Waterloo 8
1000 Brussels

Michelle Janssen, has a bachelor and master in distinction in Interior architecture and is currently studying her master Urban development and spatial planning at the University of Antwerp. Michelle is an award winning designer, and has won two awards for upcoming talent in furniture design and best ecological design. With every design, independent of the scale, Michelle wants to create a wide context and include the superordinate vision. In March 2016 she participated an international designstudio in Kosovo. Which focused on urban development and mobility. In Antwerp, June 2016, she participated an interdisciplinary summerschool at the University: about the newest insights on the changing role, form and structure of retail in cities. This year she participated a urban planning designstudio in Palestine. This was founded by the Cabinet of Pascal Smet, the University of Brussels (VUB) and Antwerp (UA). The results where combined in a book: ‘Transforming Mobility in Nablus and Ramallah.’ In the future she wants to design in different scales and on a interdisciplinaire level.

The Brussels Limited Edition – Between the lines

Corten is an ecologically friendly chair. I have chosen to manufacture the frame out of one metal tube. Connected together as on piece, this way there are fewer welds which substantially cut the production time. As I stated above the material for the chair is 100% ecological. By making these choices, it has been possible for me to design a chair that costs less than 10 Euro in the purchase of raw materials. This is something that even a giant like IKEA could have problems with. Beyond the ecological friendliness there are other important functions of Corten, such as the material used to bind the open steel frame together. I searched for materials strong enough to hold the force of the open structure – which was found via a company in Belgium that annually produces 7.5 tons of conveyor waste. Interesting side note: They pay to deposit their waste abroad. I realized that their ‘waste’ could be a gold mine for me, and this could be everything I needed to have my vision of Corten realized. One of the most important but often overlooked aspects of ecological design is “durability”. Corten can be easily repaired, this lessens the chance that it will end up in the landfill. Even if your style changes, you can changes the colour of the fabric. Throughout the development process I experimented with several conveyor belts, which are easily replaceable. Conveyor is popularly known, mainly in its most basic form – at the cash register of a supermarket. However, it comes in many different shapes and colours. My steel frame is made out of a metal tube that I let rust through a natural process. When the beautiful orange colour came out, I varnished Corten. For this reason,it will stop the rusting process. As result, a chair with an industrial character that is incorporated with elegance from the shape of the open frame.