Julia Lohmann [ 1977 - Present ]

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German-born artist, designer and researcher Julia Lohmann (b. Hildesheim, 1977) investigates and critiques the ethical and material value systems underpinning our relationship with flora and fauna. She is Professor of Practice in Contemporary Design at Aalto University, Helsinki, where she also lives. Julia studied at the Royal College of Art, where she has also taught and completed an AHRC-funded collaborative PhD scholarship between the RCA and the Victoria & Albert Museum. As designer in residence at the V&A in 2013, she founded the Department of Seaweed, an interdisciplinary community of practice exploring the sustainable development of seaweed as a design material. As part of her advocacy, she made a seaweed pavilion for the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos to engage delegates with issues facing the natural world. Julia Lohmann’s work is part of major public and private collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and has received awards, bursaries and support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the British Council, Jerwood Contemporary Makers, D&AD, Stanley Picker Gallery, Arts Foundation, Wellcome Trust and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.


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2022  Seaweed sculpture, 23rd Biennale of Sydney, Australia

2022  Seaweed sculpture, La Chapelle Art Foundation, Tammisaari, Finland

2022  Seaweed sculpture, Criss-Crossing Ecologies, Seinäjoki, Finland

2022  Tideline, Messums Wiltshire, UK

2022  Shifts and Lenses, commission for MIT Museum, USA

2021/22  Kombu Ahtola, NEOM, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2021/22  Kombu Ahtola, The World As We Don’t Know It, Droog, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2021/22  Hidaka Ohmu, Glasshouse Helsinki, Finland

2021  Curator, Biocolour – Exploring sustainable colour, Arktikum Rovaniemi, Finland

2021  Tinted Tangle, Biocolour – Exploring sustainable colour, Arktikum Rovaniemi, Finland

2021  Julia Lohmann – Kombu Ahtola, Boutwell Schabrowsky, Munich, Germany

2021  Here We Are! Women in Design 1900 – Today, Vitra Design Museum, Germany

2021  Department of Seaweed, Museum of Vibrant Matter, Porto Design Biennale, Portugal

2021  Baltic Sea Day, performance, Hanaholmen Foundation, Helsinki, Finland

2020/21  Materia Gris, CentroCentro Madrid, Spain

2020/21  Baltic Sea Lab, Aalto University, A BLOC, Espoo, Finland

2020  Oki Naganode, Broken Nature, MoMA, New York, USA

2020  Criss-crossing Ecologies, BioArt Society, Annantalo, Helsinki, Finland

2020  Partnering with Nature, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, World Economic Forum 50th Annual Meeting, Davos, CH

2019  Design Labor Vienna, MAK, Austria (until 2023)

2019  Énergie animale, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, CH

2019  DoS Living Archive, State of Extremes, Design Museum Holon, Holon, Israel

2019  Sea Ceremony, performance, Lofoten International Art Festival: High Tides and Kelp Congress, Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter, NNKS, Svolvær, Norway

2019  Design Triennial: Nature / Salvage, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, US, and Cube Design Museum, Kerkrade, NL

2019  Oki Naganode, Milan Triennale: Broken Nature, Milan, Italy

2019  La Fabrique du Vivant [Designing the Living]: Mutations/Créations, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2019  Department of Seaweed, MAK Design Lab, Vienna, Austria

2019  Kombukamui seaweed dress, Designs for Different Futures – Philadelphia, USA

2019  Cowbench Sigga, part of An Accelerated Culture, Friedmann Benda, New York, USA

2019  Critical Tide – Critical Design and the Ocean, Design Museum Helsinki, Finland and European Committee of the Regions, Brussels, Belgium

2019  Department of Seaweed, part of Critical Tide – Critical Design and the Ocean, Design Museum Helsinki, Finland

2019  Food Revolution 5.0, Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, CH

2019  Permanent collection, MAK, Vienna, Austria

2019  Cow bench Janne: Purchased for the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA

2018/19  Food Revolution 5.0: Gestaltung für die Gesellschaft von Morgen, Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin, Germany and Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, CH

2018  Raw Design: Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, USA

2018  Fashion, Innovation and Nature, objects & video, Faena Festival, Miami, FL, USA

2017  Dissident Gardens: Biotopia, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2017  Department of Seaweed / Design on Display, Konzernforum, Autostadt Wolfsburg

2016  Earth Matters, Tilburg Textiel Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands

2016  Vienna Design Week, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, USA

2015  Future Archaïque, Mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland

2015  Earth Matters, Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden

2015  Future Archaïque, Le Grand Hornu, Belgium

2015Open Ended, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, Netherlands

2014  D-Espazio, CentroCentro, Madrid, Spain

2013  Hit the Future – Design Beyond Borders, Munich, Germany

2013  Isn’t it Romantic? – Contemporary Design Between Poetry and Provocation, Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln, Germany

2013  Cut/Paste/Grow – Science at Play: Bioart in Brooklyn, The Observatory, Brooklyn, New York, USA

2012  Everything Forever Now, British Council, Bangkok, Thailand

2011  Post Fossil: Excavating 21st Century, Design Museum Holon, Israel

2011  Böse Dinge – Positionen des (Un)geschmacks, Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

2010  Tidal Ossuary, Gallery Libby Sellers, London, UK

2010  Post Fossil: Excavating 21st Century, 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo, Japan

2010  Dead or Alive, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, USA

2010  Laminarium, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston Upon Thames, UK

2010  Collacqueration, Japanese Embassy, London, UK

2009  Co-Existence, Wellcome Trust, London, UK

2009  Contemporary Makers, Jerwood Space, London, UK

2009  Design Miami, Miami, USA

2008  Rough Cut: Design Takes a Sharp Edge, MoMA, New York, USA

2008  Design in the State of Nature, Design Miami 2008, USA

2008  The Conformitory, Somerset House, London, UK

2008  Origin, Crafts Council, Somerset House, London, UK

2008  Designer of the Future, Design Miami Basel, Switzerland

2008  Translating Tradition, Lungomare Gallery, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy

2008  Panta rei, Galleria Nilufar, Milan, Italy

2007  The Catch, S-AIR/ICC, Sapporo, Japan

2007  Grandmateria, Libby Sellers Gallery, Design/Miami, USA

2007  Everything Material Something Immaterial, Galerie Lucy Mackintosh, Lausanne, Switzerland

2007  Grandmateria, Libby Sellers Gallery, London, UK

2007  Get it Louder, Shanghai, Guang-Zhou, Beijing, China

2007  Great Brits, Concert Hall, Athens, Greece

2007  Tabourets, Galerie Kreo, Paris, France

2007  Design Contre Design, Grand Palais, Paris, France

2006  Design Miami/Basel, (with Galerie Kreo), Miami, USA

2006  Betes du Style, Mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland

2006  Eden ADN, St.Etienne, France

2006  Travelling Apothecary, British Library Piazza, London, UK

2006  Alien Archaeology, V&A Village Fete, London, UK

2006  New British Designers, Droog Design, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2006  Great Brits – The New Alchemists, ICA Singapore, Singapore

2006  Football Fever, Design Museum, London, UK

2006  Exhibition One, Designer’s Agency, Köln, Germany

2005  Great Brits – The New Alchemists, escorter AOYAMA, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

2005  Shed, part of News from Nowhere: Visions of Utopia, London, UK

2005  Ron Arad Presents, Ausstellungshalle für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Münster, Germany

2005  European Design Show, Design Museum, London, UK

2005  Great Brits – The New Alchemists, Paul Smith Headquarters, Milan, Italy

2005  Twinkle Twinkle, 100% Design Moskau, Russia

2004  Design Mart, Design Museum, London, UK

2004  Biennale Internationale Design, St.Etienne, France

2004  The Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2004  Tools Galerie, Paris, France

2001  IF Design Awards, Hanover, Germany

2001  D&AD New Blood, British Design & Art Direction, London, UK