© 2020 Johanna Seelemann
© 2019 Johanna Seelemann
Johanna Seelemann (b. 1990, Leipzig, Germany) is a conceptual designer, developing products, exhibitions, videos and working in interdisciplinary collaborations. Her works explore the mystification of everyday-consumed products, as well as commodity journeys along their supply chains. Unearthing these hidden contexts of these products that enable today’s everyday life engenders drawing alternatives and future-scenarios.

Manifested in works such as ‘Banana Story’, a series of propositions for extended ‘made-in’ labels, which was recently exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. In 2019, Johanna and her part-time collaborator Björn Steinar got selected amongst the ‘Icon Design 100 Talents to watch’. They presented ‘Cargo’ at the first ‘Antenna - the world’s best design graduates’ conference in 2017, hosted by Design Indaba, Dutch Design Week and World Design Event. The ‘Willow Project’, a collective work together with 6 Icelandic designers, has gained a wide audience and has been presented in ‘Earth Matters’, curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano for the TextielMuseum in Tilburg.

Johanna developed her fascinations during the Contextual Design master program at the Design Academy in Eindhoven as well as the bachelor course in Product Design at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík. During her experience in assisting Studio Formafantasma in their ‘Ore Streams’ and ‘Cambio’ projects, she further evolved her role as a designer, bridging a dialogue between cultural institutions, industries, and organizations towards the topic of electronic waste and wood.

She currently receives the Talent Development Grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL, teaches at both the Product Design Bachelor and Design Master: Explorations and Translations at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Studio for Immediate Spaces at the Sandberg Instituut. She further realizes projects in interdisciplinary collaborations such asDisaster Studios: Designing Resilience’ with disaster risk manager Uta Reichardt, and futher evolves previous works with automotive designer Daniel Rauch, designer Björn Steinar Blumenstein, Garðar Eyjólfsson and REF-00’ with Daniele Misso.