- Furniture and object design.
- Australian national identity and Australian material culture.
- Furniture production and materials.
- Design Anthropology.
- Cross cultural, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, creative collaboration.
Field of Research (FoR)
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,...view more
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.