Having previously trained as a butcher and a joiner, Michaël Bihain studied interior design at the Institut Saint-Luc in Liège. In 1998, he used the college’s newly-created design studio to produce his first prototypes.
Michaël Bihain then worked with the French furniture manufacturer Chizat to develop a range of furniture for IT users, for which he was awarded the Aide Prize for Innovation in Design. This led to a commission to design the furniture for the British Council offices in Paris.
He returned to Belgium in 2000, and expanded his design business to include interiors for public-sector organisations and private individuals, handbags and trophies. His collaboration with MMA in London led to the creation of the “BIHAINprod” design studio where he researches and designs one-off pieces for his clients, who include the British sculptor Henry Moore’s daughter, the cigarette manufacturer Benson & Hedges and Ziyad Mahmoud.
In Belgium, Michaël Bihain has designed jewellery, accessories and furniture and manufactures and distributes some of his own designs, such as the wall-mounted Oyon and Cocofruit fruit containers. For further information visit the official website: http://www.bihain.com