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, Sylvain opened his Design Office, based in Brussels.
In 2004, Sylvain opened his Design Office, based in Brussels. With an approach to design characterized by a clear inquisitiveness for products, industry and processes, Sylvain Willenz and his team, work on various projects ranging from lighting to products, IT electronics and furniture.
Valuing most and for all a good understanding of the producer's or manufacturer's needs and an enriching relationship, the services provided by the office are characterized by a simple and relevant design approach which endeavors in always offering innovative and strong solutions.
SYLVAIN WILLENZ works internationally with renowned clients such as Cappellini, (IT), Established & Sons (UK), Freecom (NL/DE), Hay (DK), Tamawa (BE), Karimoku New Standards (JP) amongst others.
Works by SYLVAIN WILLENZ have been granted some of the most highly considered awards including several iF Awards and Red Dot "Best of the Best" Awards in Product Design. In 2009, the Torch light series were nominated Best in Lighting and Overall Best Product of the Year at the UK Grand Designs Awards. Several works have also been acquired by Museums, integrating their permanent collections and archives.
In 2009, leading press and institutions (The Vif/Knack WE Magazines, The Interieur Foundation, The Design Museum Gent and the Museum of Grand-Hornu Images) nominated Sylvain as Belgian Designer of the Year.