First of all, we facilitate the entire innovation & development process from idea to market. Thanks to our deep-rooted expertise in various design disciplines and our vast experience with suppliers and manufacturers, we can offer a complete one-stop service for businesses that want to grow through innovation. Very regularly, clients entrust us their very core product or service such that our input is crucial for our clients’ success
Secondly, we are a self-steering company, which means that our team consists of highly empowered and autonomous, creative individuals who work great as a team. Most decisions in our company are taken by consent. Operating in an extremely flat hierarchy, also towards our clients, we have no account managers but our clients talk directly to the people in charge of running projects for them.
“TO COMBINE SPEED AND QUALITY IN BOTH PRODUCT AND DESIGN IS A KEY FACTOR IN AN EVER-CHANGING MARKET. ACHILLES GETS THIS.”
– NICK HOREMANS, XEIKON / TECHNOLOGY LEADER-MECHANICS
Founded in 1994, Mechelen, Achilles Design started as a classical product design agency, founded by two designers (Koen Elsen & Jürgen Oskamp) whose passion it was to design ‘beautiful things’. The product design offering was quickly followed up by a branding service and over the years, Achilles Design added a Service offering and expanded its offices. Later on, it expanded into Engineering, Digital and Innovation Design. After surpassing a staff level of 40 employees, hiring a CEO (Axel Funhoff) – who subsequently also orchestrated a capital increase for Achilles Design in order to accelerate the firm’s growth – it was clear that Achilles had grown into the company that it is today.
In short, we offer Product & Engineering, Branding, Innovation & Service and Digital services – literally everything that companies need to offering a concrete value proposition.
Wherever suitable, we help startups reach fundability, before we begin with an industry-style product development. Our core competency lays in the mastery of the entire development process: from ideation to implementation and to industrialization.
At Achilles Design, we like to call us ‘general contractor’ for all kinds of design & innovation challenges. When it comes to helping our clients to develop a business idea into a market-ready solution, we are really a one-stop-shop.
Ellio – Henry van de Velde
Public Choice award
Ellio – Henry van de velde
Moonbird – IF award
Iristick – Reddot award
Over the years Achilles has been awarded with 12 IF awards, five (5) reddot awards and five (5) Henry Van de Velde awards.
Besix – Clean Air (media) (case)
Moonbird (media) (case)
Iristick (media) (case)
Colruyt Group (media)(pressrelease)
Ellio (media) (case)
Harol (media) (case)
Active participations in student programs (Universiteit Antwerpen & Thomas More Mechelen)
“I highly valued the Achilles Design mentality: strong conceptual thinking in combination with a grounded hands-on.
– Johan Greens, Commscope/ Global System Architect
“We saw the immense potential of smart glasses that could meet the needs of an industrial environment. Achilles helped us to bring this idea to become an innovative and unique product.
– “Riemer Grootjans, CEO Iristick