Since setting up his studio in 2003, designer Sylvain Willenz has already given birth to a handful of remarkable designs. Dr. Bamboozle, a striking seat made of bamboo and rubber, InnerTube, a soft and flexible lampshade, Snottebel, a fairy tale branch full of twinkling lights, Brackets Included, folded steal wall shelves inspired by the existing hardware shop basic shelf-bracket, and STUFF, an elastic bag made of rubber that takes over the form of its content. A small, but consistent collection of design objects in which the signature of the young designer is obvious: an experimental use of materials, a liking for versatile and organic forms, an eye for detail and attention to the finished and manufactured product. This designer from Brussels gets a kick out of trying out and experimenting things. Sylvain will source his inspiration in the everyday objects and materials; from glue, tape, post-its, paste, chewing gum, to old rubber tires and spraycans. He combines wood, steal and aluminum and submerges his creations into rubber, one of his favorite materials. And although his objects can have an experimental character, Sylvain never forgets the production value and the feasibility in his designs. These elements taken into account, it is worth calling Sylvain a contemporary designer. Indeed, his first creations haven’t passed unnoticed. In 2002 he was the successful candidate of the international design competition Design for Europe at the Interieur Biennale in Kortrijk, Belgium. And in 2005, he was elected as the most promising designer of the year on the DesignBrussels fair. Thanks to his experimental way of designing, his simple and fair objects and some dry humor, Sylvain is unmistakably an important Belgian talent.

Biography


Born in Brussels in 1978. Sylvain Willenz studied Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London, graduating in 2003. Sylvain Willenz now works in Brussels on various projects, from lighting to product design and furniture. Works are characterized by an eclectic use of materials and processes as well as they are concerned with their relevance in design culture.

Interests


Rubber, post-its, elastics, Legos, swiss graphics, stickers, plasticine, posters, bouncy balls, Internet, Apple, music, toys, sleeping, highways, flying, hollidays, flowers, mushrooms, algues, cacti, big books, fat magazines, chewing-gum, spraycans, cars, graffiti, coffee, swimming, cleaning, shoes, cooking, ...

Awards


2006 Henry van de Velde Label Award for STUFF bag, Design Vlaanderen
2006 Henry van de Velde Label Award for InnerTube Light, Design Vlaanderen
2005 DesignBrussels: Most Promising Brussels Designer of the year
2002 First prize Design for Europe: Interieur 2002
2002 First prize BSI British Standards Institution Awards
2002 shortlist BCA British Cement Association Awards
1999 First prize RSA Royal Society of Arts of United Kingdom