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Born in Brussels in 1978, Sylvain Willenz has lived consecutively in the US, Belgium and in the UK. Sylvain studied MA Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London, graduating in 2003. In 2004, he opened his Design Office in Brussels, where he creates furniture, lighting and products for international clients. Considered as one of the most influential Belgian creatives, Sylvain was named Belgian Designer of the Year in 2009.
Renown for his strong yet simple graphic aesthetic, Sylvain is fascinated by production, manufacturing and pays great attention to detail. Originally wanting to be a cartoonist, Sylvain turned towards Product design. Over the years, Sylvain developed a singular style of ligne claire, which instills his simple, elegant and graphic designs, so recognisable and unique today.
In its 15 years of practice, Sylvain Willenz has built a solid understanding of clients’ needs providing a simple, straightforward and relevant design approach which endeavours to always offer creative yet commercially successful solutions. On his client list are brands like Hem, Kvadrat, Hay, Victor Hunt & Cappellini.
The Designer of the Year award is an initiative by the Biennale Interieur and the magazines Knack Weekend and Le Vif Weekend. Sylvain Willenz was awarded the prize in 2009. He has his own studio and is known for his work for brands like Hem, Kvadrat, Hay, Wildspirit and Cappellini.