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Shift is a glass side-table, made using a unique and unprecedented glass manufacturing technique. Its complex asymmetrical volume is blown from one piece and in one single operation. Shift’s shape was inspired by formal elements and details usually found in industrially-produced blown plastic products. Shift’s complexity not only lies in the way it is made, but mainly in its shapes, which are unnatural and unusual for glassblowing. The base is oblong and the top is racket-shaped. Although they seem to be two separate entities pushed into one-another in an asymmetrical manner and offset from the item’s main axis, they both connect seamlessly as the same hollow volume. The result is a very simple yet highly elaborate piece, which looks different from every angle. Read more
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 with an approach to design characterized by a clear inquisitiveness for products, industry and processes. His work has been acquired by international museums, integrating their permanent collections and archives. In 2009, leading press and institutions nominated Sylvain as Belgian Designer of the Year and 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. Running the office full-time, Sylvain regularly takes part in education, participating in graduation jurys or leading workshops. Sylvain has worked with ECAL (CH), ENSAV La Cambre (BE), VITRA Summer Workshop (DE), amongst others and regularly gives conferences about his practice and work.
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