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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Running the office full-time, Sylvain regularly takes part in education, participating in graduation jurys, leading workshops and giving conferences about his practive.
In 2009, Sylvain was named Belgian Designer of the Year.
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.
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.
Wohnidee reader Award 2017 for CHAINS
Commerce Design Brussels Award for ACANTHE FLEURS
German Design Award for YALE
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
Interior Innovation Award 2015, IMM, German Council (PROFILE Table for Stattman Neue Moebel)
WALLPAPER Award for Best Accessory 2013 (BLOCKS for Victor Hunt)
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)
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)
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)
Henry van de Velde Label (Torch Series)
Henry van de Velde Label (InnerTube)
Henry van de Velde Label (Stuff)
Most Promising Designer, DesignBrussels Fair
First prize from Interieur, Interieur 02 Design for Europe (Dr.B)
First prize BSI British Standards Institution Awards
First prize RSA (UK) Royal Society of Arts Student Design