Design as a second life. After studying Political Sciences and Marketing Management, Alain Gilles went on to work in the financial world. But one has to live his own life. So, thanks to the moral support of his wife, he went back to studying Industrial design in France.
He opened his own studio in 2007 in order to pursue his own dreams and develop his personal approach to product design, furniture design, art direction, and interior architecture. He has since started to collaborate with several international editors such as Ligne Roset (FR), Bonaldo (IT), Buzzispace (BE), Varaschin (IT), Casamania (IT), Zee (BE), Green Mood (BE), XL Boom (BE), Verreum (CZ), Evolution (FR), La Chance (FR), Vincent Sheppard (BE), Another Country (UK), Miniforms (IT), ….
2017 – Wallpaper Design Award (Best New Angles category) for the New BuzziBlinds designed for Buzzispace.
2015 “Henry Van De Velde LABEL” ( BE ) for the “Structure Sofa collection” designed for Bonaldo.
2014 – “Good Design Award” ( USA ), awarded by the “Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design” for the Tracks table designed for Bonaldo.
2014 – “BEST OF THE YEAR Winner” ( USA ), organised by Interior Design Magazine, in the “Furniture Contract/System” cathegory.
2013 – “Red Dot Design Award – Best of The Best” ( DE ) for the “Welded” table designed for Bonaldo.
2011 – “Designer of the Year” awarded by the Interieur Kortrijk fair, the Design Museum in Gent, the Grand-Hornu Museum, Design September, and the magazines Knack Weekend and Le Vif Weekend ( BE ).
2009 – “Good Design Award” ( USA )by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design” for the “Big Table” designed for Bonaldo Bonaldo
2008 – “Henry Van De Velde LABEL” ( BE ) for the Tectonic Table designed for Bonaldo