Michael Bihain, Belgium

Michaël Bihain studied interior design at the St Luc Institute in Liège and at the University of Hull in England.  
He is currently working with companies and distribution firms on developing furniture, jewels and accessories. 
He has set up the BIHAIN prod studio in London which deals exclusively with the conception of unique creations for private customers. 
He currently teaches furniture conception at the St Luc Institute. His works are regularly exposed at exhibitions in Paris, London, Milan and some of his pieces are part of the permanent collection of the Seoul’s Design Museum.
He has been nominated for the ‘Award Design Report’ in Milan 2007, won the ‘Help for creation and innovation’ prize and has been chosen to design the furniture of the British Council in Paris.  
Michael’s conceptions represent the convergence point between the new ways of life and the collective memory. They are the fulfilment of his desire to design respectable furniture for free individuals. A characteristic element of his research is the obviousness of the lines obtained.

Selected Awards
EDIDA, Elle Deco International Design award 2008
 Henry van de Velde 'Labels' 2008
Walloon Region Design Award 2008
The Libri shelf is nominated for the 2008 Swedish Design Award Swedese
'Libri' has been awarded the Prize for Best New Product 2008 at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, 2008 Swedese
Nominated for the Design Brussels Award, BE, 2007
Michaël Bihain received the culturel prize « Coup d’éclat », by the 'Collège provincial de Liège'
Prize winner of the international Parck Design competition with the bench Ondine, 2007 
The Mosquito Chair has been nominated for the ‘Award Design Report’ in Milan, 2007
Prize winner for the design of the STAR trophy, for the 'Agence Wallone à l'exporation' (AWEX), 2006
The product OYON and COCOFRUIT are part of the collections of the Design museum of Seoul, 2006

Figaro magazine selected the product COCOFRUIT as part of the best design objects, France, 2006