Leonora Oppenheim is a design storyteller. Which is a neat way of saying she uses word, image and form to portray local cultural, environmental and community stories to wider audiences.
From working on plans for a chocolate factory with cacao farmers in the Ecuadorian Amazon to reporting on biogas toilets from the mountains of northern Ethiopia, Leonora has many a tale to tell of her adventurous and inspiring encounters with creative minds around the world.
Leonora's favourite part of working with TreeHugger, for the last five years, is getting the chance to interview some of the great innovators of our time. She conceived, and regularly contributes to, Planet Green's Change Makers series which talks to people, famous and obscure, who are creating a more sustainable world through their work.
When not contributing to these pages Leonora is storyteller-in-chief at Elio Studio, the design consultancy she founded in 2009. Leonora crafts her narratives in collaboration with architects, designers, curators and scientists. Together their creative projects promote engaging conversations around social and environmental issues in public spaces.
To date Leonora has worked on consultancy projects for Futerra, Nick Hancock Design Studio (UK), Jane Withers (UK), Architecture for Humanity (US), The Kallari Association (Ecuador) and on design installation projects for, amongst others, Thomas Heatherwick (UK), Marcel Wanders (NL), Atelier Van Lieshout (NL) and Niall O'Flynn (Spain), and with fellow TreeHugger Petz Scholtus for Demotech (NL).
Leonora has lived and worked variously in Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Barcelona and Quito. These days Leonora is based in London, but continues to explore both locally and globally.
Leonora can be contacted at leonora [at] treehugger [dot] com.