Sylvain Willenz is one of Belgium’s leading young designers. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2003 and having lived in the UK for seven years, Willenz established his own studio in Brussels in 2004. Willenz’s first collections of work saw him experimenting with natural rubber, since that time he has explored the qualities of many new materials and new techniques. Similarly, Willenz’s work is often inspired by archetypal objects and the simplicity and familiarity with which they are associated. Willenz will seek to interpret these forms and qualities in new designs. In 2009, the Torch light series were nominated Best in Lighting and Overall Best Product of the Year at the UK Grand Designs Awards. In 2009, Willenz was nominated Belgian Designer of the Year.