Lianne van Genugten, The Netherlands

Lianne van Genugten was born in 1984 and grew up on a farm in a little village called Nederwetten, close to Eindhoven in the Netherlands. When she was 23 years old she graduated Cum Laude at Design Academy Eindhoven and started her own design studio.
In her designs, Lianne aspires natural simplicity. She uses her antenna's to learn about the beautiful, small things in life, and likes to share these with others. Sustainability and happiness of people are important themes in her work.
During her study, she designed ‘Piece of Tin’, a milk can and sugar bowl made out of recycled tin cans. In 2009 Lianne was invited to the Alessi factory and made the ‘Twire’ coathanger. Lianne designed the floating firebasket ‘Firelily’ in collaboration with Belgian furniture-designer Mathias Claerhout.
Lianne is best known for her project SunShade; a ‘living’ parasol with flexible solar cells in its cover. When it gets dark, the parasol transforms into a big lampshade. The system functions autonomously, like a mechanical flower.
With her dynamic, young and philosophical personality, Lianne gets inspired by travels and meetings with people. She collaborates with strategic partners in different fields. She’s always looking for realistic and effective ways to create reliable concepts to improve the quality of our everyday life.