About Sylvain Willenz Design Office


Established in 2004, SWDO is an international multi-disciplinary design office based in Brussels, Belgium. Focus is given to product and furniture, as well as installation and exhibition design and creative direction.

SWDO collaborates internationally with clients such as Ligne Roset (FR), Hay (DK), Menu (DK), Stattmann Neue Moebel (DE), Karimoku New Standard (JP), Hem (SE), amongst others.

The office has 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 collection was nominated Best in Lighting and Overall Best Product of the Year at the UK Grand Designs Awards. Other products have been acquired by international museums, integrating their permanent collections and archives. In 2009, Sylvain was named Belgian Designer of the Year.

SWDO is a team of four, comprising of Sylvain Willenz, head of Design, one office administrator and two design assistants.

In parallel, the office runs its own online platform, SYLVAIN WILLENZ SHOP. The particularity of the store is that it houses only and most products designed by the office. The store delivers products worldwide, to individual clients and architects.

 

Our vision


Valuing most and for all a good understanding of our client’s needs and an enriching relationship, the services we provide are characterised by a simple, straightforward and relevant design approach which endeavours to always offer innovative and commercially successful solutions. Our clients value our progressive contribution to the present and future of their business. 

Our interest lies in developing powerful products, with timeless and mass appeal. Function and aesthetic are given particular attention through subtle, yet distinctive decisions. Quality, intelligent use of material and of production are addressed with efficiency in mind. We aim at making things clearer and better.

In addition to our particular interest and experience in furniture and product design, our office also undertakes works in the fields of exhibition design, commercial booth design, installation and creative direction. We welcome work with companies of all sizes and in a wide range of the industry and craft-industry.

 

 

Clients
Quodes (NL)
Wildspirit (BE)
Cappellini (IT)
TossB (BE)
Ligne Roset (FR)
Retegui (FR)
Durlet (BE)
Hem (SE)
Menu (DK)
Chevalier Edition (FR)
Cirva (FR)
Established & Sons (UK)
Febrik (NL)
Freecom (NL/DE)
Hay (DK)
Karimoku New Standard (JP)
Objekten (BE)
Stattmann Neue Moebel (DE)
Tamawa (BE)
Victor Hunt (BE)
Xala (BE)

About Sylvain Willenz


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, Belgium.
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.
 
Running the office full-time, Sylvain regularly takes part in education, participating in graduation jurys or leading workshops. Sylvain has worked with ECAL (CH), ESAPV (BE), ENSAV La Cambre (BE), KHM (BE) , VITRA Summer Workshop (DE), amongst others. Sylvain also regularly gives conferences about his practice.
Awards & recognitions

2017

Commerce Design Brussels Award for ACANTHE FLEURS

German Design Award for YALE

2016

Balthazar Best of Belgium Award, Brussels Furniture Fair

Architonic Design Selection for LAYERS collection and booth design on Biennale Interieur Kortrijk 2016

Guest of honour on Belgian Art and Design fair, Gent, Belgium

2015
WALLPAPER Power 200 / Selected #96 of top 100 influential designers of the year 2015
  • Interior Innovation Award 2015, IMM, German Council (PROFILE Table for Stattman Neue Moebel)

2013

WALLPAPER Award for Best Accessory 2013 (BLOCKS for Victor Hunt)

  • 2011

  • Red Dot Best of the Best Product Design Award 2011 (Freecom Mobile Drive CLS)

  • Nomination for the Brit Design Awards / Designs of the Year 2011 / Design Museum London (Freecom Mobile Drive CLS)

  • iF Product Design Award 2011 (Freecom Mobile Drive CLS)

2010

Henry van de Velde Label (Freecom Mobile Drive CLS)

  • Nomination for the Smart Urban Stage / Future Mind Award, by SMART, Daimler-Chrysler (Freecom Mobile Drive xxs)

2009

  • Henry van de Velde Label (Freecom Mobile Drive xxs)

  • Belgian Designer of the Year 2009

  • UK Grand Designs Award Product of the Year (Torch Light Series)

  • UK Grand Designs Award for Best Lighting Design 2009. (Torch Light Series)

  • Elle Decoration International Design Awards 2009 for lighting (Torch Light Series)

  • Red Dot Best of the Best Product Design Award 2009 (Freecom Mobile Drive xxs)

  • iF Product Design Award 2009 (Freecom Mobile Drive xxs)

2008

Henry van de Velde Label (Torch Series)

  • 2006

  • Henry van de Velde Label (InnerTube)

  • Henry van de Velde Label (Stuff)

  • 2005

  • Most Promising Designer, DesignBrussels Fair

  • 2002

  • First prize from Interieur, Interieur 02 Design for Europe (Dr.B)

  • First prize BSI British Standards Institution Awards

1999 First prize RSA (UK) Royal Society of Arts Student Design