Digital product studio that creates useful and friendly software, from websites to desktop applications

Our work


Email client for Mac
Visual of Tempo running on laptop

Copenhagen based startup studio Founders approached us with their concept of a new email client. One that protects your focus and helps you to take control over your Inbox.

We at Pillar are responsible for the development of the desktop application. Together with Founders we work in a small team to bring their concept to life, from prototype to end-product.


Fashion retailer's platform
Visual of the Hakro website

HAKRO has successfully produced long-lasting textiles for other businesses for close to 50 years! We are proud to on behalf of House Of Wonders have developed their new website.

The website features a product catalogue, wishlist, store locator, supports multiple languages, includes a content management system for easy maintenance and more.

Google - Impact Challenge

Voting application
Visual of a touchpanel running the Google Impact Challenge

The Google Impact Challenge is an initiative by to fund the most innovative community ideas. Heimat Berlin and B-Reel joined forces on the campaign for the first Google Impact Challenge in Germany.

On behalf of B-Reel we developed the voting application that ran on a large touchscreen installed at Hauptbahnhof in Berlin.


Sales platform
Screenshot of the Diggsweep website

Startup Diggsweep lets you easily create your very own private "garage sale" online to share with friends and give users realtime feedback about each item availability status.

We helped the startup by implementing the technical foundation, backend APIs, setup of cloud infrastructures and integration of all functionalities.

Zalando - Share your Style

Marketing platform
Zalando website runing on iPad

Commissioned by B-Reel Berlin we worked on a new marketing platform for Zalando, Europe's largest online fashion retailer. We were responsible for developing the technical foundation, all back-end services, localisation, among many other features.

Hyper Island

Self-assessment tool
Screenshot of self-assessment tool

Hyper Island is the leading creative business school with a consultancy side specializing in real-world industry training using digital technology.

We developed the MVP of a tool to measure an organisation's transformation readiness. One that provides value for the customer and gives Hyper Island insights for further needs assessment conversations.

The Rivalry

Portfolio website
Three mobile devices running The Rivalry website

In collaboration with US-based design studio The Rivalry we developed their online presence. It features a compelling body of work for clients ranging from Google, HBO to The Verge. The front-end is responsive and powered by a CMS for easy content management.

Latest news

Together with Founders we released Tempo, the email client that helps you focus

About us

Pillar is a digital product studio based in Berlin. Our goal is to create products and services that bring actual value to people, ones that solve a problem and make life a little bit easier.

We build


Medium to large informative websites with quality content and a modern feel

Web Applications

Ranging from a product catalogue to an online ticket booking system

Desktop Applications

Cross platform desktop apps like an email- or task management app


An ecommerce that pushes the shopping experience to the next level

Why us
  • Senior people

    We are a professional team with 12+ years of experience each, that has worked with clients ranging from entrepreneurs and startups to global brands and enterprises

  • Small and flexible

    We are small and we like it that way. It gives us the ability to easily change direction, deliver projects quickly, and dedicate extraordinary attention to the project at hand.

  • One team: Client + Pillar

    We are no suppliers. We partner with our clients for the long-term, and actively think with them to further enhance their product or service.

Photo of the Pillar office
Who we are

Onno Schwanen

Partner and Front-end Developer

A Front-end Developer with 12+ years of experience who has worked together with design studios like Bleed, interaction design studios like IXDS and creative agencies like Sid Lee on projects for a wide variety of clients. He's enthusiastic about working on the intersection of design and engineering, and aims to create useful digital products and services. Utility and pragmatism above all else.

Henrique Ferreira

Partner and Software Engineer

A Full-Stack Software Engineer with 15+ years experience in back-end development, cloud-infrastructures, security and service integration. He has delivered a wide variety of solutions for clients all over the globe. Expatriated to London in early 2010, he has since specialized in ecommerce, web application and corporate website development. Now he is breathing the creative atmosphere in Berlin.

Contact us

If you're interested in working with us then please get in touch. We look forward hearing from you.

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