Designer of the Year 2012 – Alain Gilles

As the authorized dealer for Bonaldo in Ireland LOMI are delighted to announce that Alain Gilles has been chosen as the 2012 Designer of the year by the jury for Belgiums prestigious INTERIEUR 2012.

Bonaldo Designer - Alain Gilles

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.

Alain Gilles ( Born 1970) is somewhat of a latecomer in the design world. After studying Political Science and Marketing Management, Alain Gilles went on to work in the financial world before starting a second life as an industrial designer.  He assisted Xavier Lust in his creations, but was eventually hired by Quinze & Milan before graduating. He worked for Arne Quinze for two and a half years as designer, developer and project manager on several high profile projects for world-renowned architects. He opened is 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 and has since worked with many international manufacturers, including Casamania, Bonaldo, Buzzispace, Galerie Gasserez, Qui est Paul, and o’sun amongst others.

“Alain’s designs express industrial responsibility with a touch of poetry”: these are the words of the jury who awarded the accolade. The members of the jury included: Fondation Interieur, Design Museum of Gent, Grand Hornu Museum, Design September and Knack Weekend/Le Vif Weekend Magazine.

Bonaldo Welding Dining Table designed by Alain Gilles

We at LOMI of course focus our attention on one of Gilles’ most recent design for Bonaldo, the ‘Welded’ table, presented at the most recent Milan Furniture Fair;  a concetration of  the aesthetic values which won him the award. Its name ‘Welded’ literally highlights the essential appeal of this table; total simplicity & absence of any decorative features. The rectangular top is available in wood, glass or in marble. The legs are manufacured from laser-cut steel that are then welded together and are available in a vast range of colours.


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September 7, 2012

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