Alain Monnens was born in September 23rd 1969 in Bree and graduated with honours as an industrial designer at the media & design academy in Genk.
“I don’t like products with decorations or additions that don’t add anything. My designs aren’t contrived and don’t scream for attention. The key question is: how can I make this easy and simple? How can you create an object that is free of the unnecessary without sacrificing funtionality?” It is this quest that forms the constant in his work.
Along with lighting, Monnens also designs bowls and furniture. “You shouldn’t be restricted by products or materials. Designing for different sectors also works as a form of cross-pollination.”
Over the years he won various design awards, including a Henry Van de Velde Label and several red dot design awards.