Alain Gilles is 2012 Designer of the year.
Brussels furniture designer Alain Gilles has been chosen as ‘designer of the year’. Alain’s designs are solid and relevant, and show his industrial responsibility. At the same time, they show a poetic side, say the members of the jury. At INTERIEUR 2012, Alain Gilles will be showing an overview of his most important work.
After Nathalie Dewez last year, Alain Gilles becomes the seventh ‘designer of the year’. Since 2006, this is an initiative of Interieur vzw and the Knack Weekend and Le Vif Weekend magazines, in collaboration with Design museum Gent, Grand Hornu Images and Design September. Alain Gilles (°1970) is somewhat of a latecomer in the design world. After studying political science and marketing management, he spent some time working in the financial sector, before starting a second working life as industrial designer. He first joined designer Xavier Lust, later followed by Quinze & Milan, before opening his own design studio in 2007. He soon developed a very personal approach to product and furniture design, and has since worked with many international manufacturers, including Casamania, Bonaldo, Buzzispace, Galerie Gasserez, Qui est Paul, and o’sun amongst others.
About the designer of the year
The ‘Designer of the Year’ is an initiative of the not-for-profit Interieur vzw, together with the magazines Knack Weekend and Le Vif weekend. It is supported by Design museum Gent, Grand-Hornu Images gallery and Design September. Alain Gilles is the seventh designer to receive the accolade of ‘designer of the year’. The prize was first allocated in 2006 to designer Alain Berteau. He was followed by designers Nedda El-Asmar, Stefan Schöning, Sylvain Willenz, Bram Boo and Nathalie Dewez
The 23rd Interieur Biennale will take place from 20 – 28 October 2012 at the Kortrijk Xpo venue. The opening weekend is on 20/21 October, and 22-23 October are reserved for the professional days. During 9 days, INTERIEUR 2012 is the outstanding design platform with more than 300 international exhibitors on display, alongside young designers and up-and-coming design talent showing their latest creations.
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