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Achilles Design is a leading design & innovation agency

In a nutshell
Based in Mechelen and founded in 1994, Achilles Design is a fast growing design & innovation agency with a deep-rooted track record of developing truly meaningful innovations for its clients. We currently have a workforce of over 30 people. With a highly creative team of senior product designers, engineers, digital, graphic & brand designers, as well as innovation consultants, we are specialists in innovating the core products and processes of our clients, who range from young growth businesses to multinationals.

Driven to create positive user experiences, our core competency is the mastery of the whole creative process from design ideation to industrial mass production and implementation.

On various occasions, we have proven that we can manage very complex design trajectories that include mechanical, electrical, electronic, software, and digital engineering challenges. We are experienced in innovation consultancy including business process (re-)design and developing and implementing complete innovation trajectories. Our clients appreciate us for our competences in product design, process & service design, system design, graphic & brand design, prototyping, 3D printing, planning and preparing industrial manufacturing processes, business process (re)design as well as design research. Throughout our history, we have registered dozens of patents and won over 50 design awards, both in Belgium and international.
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.
History

Achilles arose from two designers' passion for creating beautiful products.

Founded in 1994, 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’. Over the years, Achilles Design added a Service and Brand Design offering. Later on, it expanded into Engineering & Digital and Innovation Design. After surpassing a staff level of 20 during the course of 2018, Achilles hired a CEO (Axel Funhoff), who subsequently also orchestrated a capital increase for Achilles Design in order to accelerate the firm’s growth. During 2019, Achilles Design exceeded 30 employees, and it continues to grow.
Client Selection

Helping new ventures start up and established ones start over

Awards

We are honored to hold over 50 design awards and to be covered in some of the most notable design publications in the industry.