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Since 2002, architect/designer Alain Berteau works for leading international brands. The Brussels-based agency develops innovative products, creative strategies, interior designs and buildings. Alain is the Creative Director of ABV (acoustic solutions), RVB (faucets) and OBJEKTEN SYSTEMS (office furniture).
He teaches product design at CAD (College of Advertising and Design), and was a design professor at LA CAMBRE school of Arts from 2003 to 2013.
Awarded "Designer of the year" in 2006 at the Interieur Kortrijk Biennale, he won numerous international design awards such as IF or Red Dot, and some of his designs are part of the permanent collection of Museums..
He refurbished the belgian artist residencies of the Isola Comacina on the Como lake in Italy, and was the curator for the design events of this institution until 2014.
His work is recognized for its simple but decisive functional innovation, eco-friendly solutions and versatile convenience.
Alain Monnens is the founder of his award-winning studio for product design, branding and photography. Based in Belgium, Alain founded the studio in 2006 after working for an industrial design studio in The Netherlands and a number of design companies in Belgium.
His studio is specializing in lighting, furniture, and objects that are minimalist in style with maximum functionality. For Alain, it is not the adding of elements but their integration with the whole form and function which is important. He sees design as the art of reducing and designing for different sectors as a form of cross-pollination.
Over the studio’s history, he has won several design awards, including a Henry Van de Velde Label, iF Design Award and a number of Red Dot Design Awards.
Born in 1981, Deinze
Graduated as an industrial product developer with over 10 years experience as a designer, Bart founded Studio Achoo (All-round creative house) in 2014. Studio Achoo is a passionate, flexible and a creative product design agency, based in West-Flanders, Belgium.
The mission is to create innovating and sustainable products with an unique and timeless design. We design products that make you smile, that make you dream, that make you live your life. Bart Van houcke is specialized in product design, industrial design and designing furniture, home accessoires and architectural lighting. He like to add value through quality, ergonomics and ease of use.
Bart creates solid, stylish products with a fun twist. For him a design only succeeds when it leads to something else, when it has an added value.
Where does a designer get his ideas from? From new materials that encourage challeging new applications. From new production techniques that make the previosly unthinkable possible. And by observing everyday life manifesting unsatisfied needs.
It is in this arena that Zurich designer Beat Karrer together with his team develops new products whic resound favourably with his renowned clientele such as Anthologie Quartett, Ballfinger and Designerslabel (Germany), Boffi and Corian/DuPont (Italy), Offecct (Sweden), Burri, Röthlisberger, Kidsmodern and Tossa (Switzerland) or tossB (Belgium). As wall as among the juries of international competitions in Belgium, Germany, Spain and Switzerland that awarded Beat Karrer with several prizes for his designs which often are unusual in their approach yet very functional and practical in their daily application.
Nowadays Beat Karrer is also an active teacher, lectures all over Europe, participates in juries and leads workshops for example for the Vitra Design Museum.
In 1988 he finally joined the family business dedicated to the industrial engineering in the R & D department, later, in 1997, he created his own project ”dab” dedicated to design, editing and production of lighting elements and also special projects where he was responsable in the creative and technical department.
In 2004 he began as a project teacher at the Eina Design and Art school where he enjoy as a product teacher giving students his particulary vision of the design world.During these years his work has been recognised with numerous awards from national and international design as Red Dot, If Awards, Design Plus, Good Design, Design Preis, Delta Selection etc.
In 2012, he creates his new studio ”davidabadesign” which begins a new stage, working with different companies in different fields, especially it begins a relationship with the company ”Blux” which assumes the technical and creative direction bringing new designs to their collection until mid-2015 that leaves such responsibility to concentrate his effort in the new studio where he developed his signature creations.
David was born in Italy, in Milan district. His vision and his design approach come from the medley of many educational and working experiences abroad, along the years. Ended his sudies in Milan Polytechnic in 2004, he entered in design world working for Luceplan as project manager. After an experience in China, where he worked in Shanghai for A00 Architecture, back to Italy in 2007 he opened his own studio. Some of his works have been selected for national and international exhibitions. In 2007 and 2008, his works Ara, Pinocchio and O3 have been exhibited at the Art Palace of Milan Triennale. In 2012 he opened a new office in Valencia (ES). He collaborates with: Arlex Italia, Fabas Luce, GAL, Galassia, ITF design, Illuminati, NOVA Lighting, Ravamec, Riva 1920, Teys, Toss.B e Zilio A&C.
After graduating in interior design from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Glenn Marys started his career with a postgraduate in furniture design at Lessius Mechelen in 2006 and is currently working as a product engineer for tossB.
Jean-François D’Or is graduated in industrial design at ENSAV La Cambre Brussels in 1998 since which time he has built up solid and varied experience. Following a project in New York lasting several months, he was taken on by Light brand where he worked closely with established and demanding designers such as Maarten Van Severen and Hans De Pelsmacker. In 2003, he set up his own industrial design studio.
His approach takes account of company imperatives as well as user needs and is tempered by the desire to reach a market; his products set out to enrich our environment. Exploring numerous materials, Jean-François D’Or brings out their beauty without ostentation. His simple, humble, unpretentious, logical objects appeal as much on for their evident, clearly perceptible design as well as their discrete poetry.
Voted Belgian designer of the year in 2013, Jean-François D’Or continues on a steady path of flawless rigour.
Jos Muller was born in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL). He has a background in electronics and graduated as an industrial designer at the Design Academy Eindhoven with honours. After a carreer in the computer industry as industrial designer and manager R&D he started his own design studio in 2005. Next to designing outdoor furniture, fire stoves for indoor and outdoor use he is specialized in led-lighting design and works as a consultant and in the creation of his own led-lighting designs. “The form and function to harmonize with the look and feel are the elements I am searching for in my designs”
Michel Vyvey was born in Diksmuide (BE) and graduated in Oostende as industrial scientist. Nowadays he runs his own company and gives lighting advice. His timeless and minimal designs with harmonious proportions are often inspired by nature. His future plan is to create artistic lighting installation.
Peter van de Water ( Born in Mierlo ) studied Architecture & spatial design at the art-school st.Joost in Breda and graduated in 1994.
In 2000 he started his own design office for interior design and furniture design. The last few years he is totally focussed on furniture and product design.
For Peter van de Water, designing is a constant learning process, with every step the foundation gets stronger. This growth is visible in his work, starting his career with clean minimalistic designs evolving to more detailled and sculptural shapes in the recent years. He uses the metaphor of starting his career with a white cube. At the start he would make one intervention, cut off one corner of the cube, to make it more intriguing. Step by step he was able to cut of more corners, shape the cube more and more, moving closer and closer to a sphere. The thought that best is yet to come, keeps him highly motivated to do what he loves most. Making new designs. He loves making scale models, sketches, renderings and prototypes. All of this in his design studio in his beloved neighborhood Oud-west in Amsterdam.
Belgium based, signature designer Sylvain Willenz creates furniture, lighting and products for international clients since 2004.
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, based in Brussels, Belgium. 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.