Brussels Design September 2018
More than 100 Design Events
Over the years, Brussels Design September has become the annual flagship event for design enthusiasts. For one month, the city hosts an array of over 100 unmissable cultural and commercial events offering a meeting platform between the public and a great number of Belgian and international designers.
Brussels Design September will feature exhibitions, conferences, open houses, an Arts & Crafts tour, Commerce Design Brussels and Brussels Design Market. A multitude of dialogues between designers, architects and design lovers as well as the chance to discover urban trails between the many pop-up stores, shops, workshops, galleries and cultural spaces.
This year’s edition will be marked by the latest trends in Belgian and international design and will be highlighted by the multi-disciplinary spirit of different influences, movements, crafts and professions of current day design.
Lecturers of the last 12 years
Michael Anastassiades, Nacho Carbonell, Piet Stockmans, Nathalie Dewez, Renato Toso & Noti Massari, Gaetano Pesce, Marten Claesson, Eugeni Quitllet, Carlo Massoud, Erwan Bouroullec, Ora-ïto, Alberto Meda, Alain Bertau, Jakob & Macfarlane, Ron Arad, David Trubridge, Maarten Baas, Jurgen Bey, 5.5 Designers, Patrick Jouin, Karim Rashid, Barber Osgerby, Mathieu Lehanneur, Tom Dixon, Ineke Hans, Kiki van Eijk, Michele De Lucchi, Harri Koskinen, Arik Levy, Inga Sempe, Mario Botta, Patricia Urquiola, Benjamin Hubert, Ionna Vautrin, Michael Young, Matali Crasset, Marimekko / Maija Louekari, Konstantin Grcic, Amaury Paudray, Big Game, Pastoe, Terence Woodgate, Ronan Bouroullec, Lucie Koldova, Julien De Smedt, Dyson/ Nick Schneider, Studio Job, Mario Bellini, Alfredo Häberli, Xavier Lust.
Brussels city of design
These few past years, Brussels has incontestably developed itself as city of Design. Thanks to the talent and the ingeniousness of our designers. The place of Design in the city starts to have its noble letters. Design September always wanted to connect with the city and represent its various exaltations and diversities. The importance of the event and its influence takes shape more and more: design in its most various forms takes an increasingly important place in the daily life of Brussels: urban furniture, installations, lights, innovations of our designers in the urban landscape. It has contributed in a positive way to the city’s reputation and to its economic and tourist activity. Brussels needs events that put creativity and innovation in the front row. Design September is proud to contribute to it.
Design September Highlights
This year, Brussels Design September introduces a couple of new events.
Exhibitions by renown designers in iconic places in the city like KANAL/Centre Pompidou, the Horta House, BOZAR or MAD Brussels reinforce the cultural offer of this edition 2018.
For the first time, Design September will take place in the public space of the city centre.
In collaboration with BOZAR Open Air, the landscape designer Bas Smets and the collective POOL IS COOL have been invited to rethink the urban layout of the rue Baron Horta, next to the Centre For Fine Arts.
Brussels Design Market will highlight the image of Brussels, a city of vintage: a vintage route in the city, an exhibition by Georges Pelletier at Tour & Taxis will mark in other words the 25th edition of the Brussels Design Market, which is the biggest vintage market in Europe.
An Eco Design route will highlight the innovation of our designers in research, and innovation for more sustainable solutions. In collaboration with hub.brussels we will also put the Eco Design in value in Brussels retail.
The Arts&Crafts itinerary brings a focus this year on Textile Design. Workshops and textile designers will be highlighted. A collective exhibition will be presented at the BIP located rue Royale.
Finally, the news of belgian design will be proposed with Alain Berteau, who with Objekten will present his solutions for office furniture, Xavier Lust to name a few.
Arts&Crafts Textile Design Focus
For the 4rd edition of the Arts&Crafts tour brings a focus on textile design with a tribute to textile workshops and designers.
With this tour, we want to feature those who contribute to the pride of brussels textile design know-how.
The reasons that led us to develop this journey around the textile design of Brussels are simple but essential: to focus on the rise of creators and excellent teaching being produced in the Brussels Capital.
Innovation in weaving, printing and knitting will be highlighted in this course. We are proud to highlight this branch of design that is part of the wealth of the history of the City of Brussels at the textile level.
More than 15 shops will open their doors to the public, with each one presenting the work of one, or more, textile designer(s).
Finally, a collective exhibition of participants of the route will be organized at the BIP, Place Royale.
Vintage Design Route
To celabrate the 25th Edition of Brussels Design Market, we are providing additional exposure to the capital's vintage stores by offering an urban vintage shop trail. This trail will bring vintage lovers to every corner of Brussels to discover fabulous locations specialising in 20th century design!
Commerce Design Awards Route
This event encourages collaborations between traders and design professionals (decorators, interior architects, designers,...) within the Brussels Region. A competition that values the development of commerce. To underline the importance of the revitalization of trades by professionals, the award winners will offer a route where you will be able to discover these splendid achievements.
Art & Design Route
Design has increased in reputation over the years. The creative process, in particular the relationship with craft and applied arts, has found designers / creators embarking on the production of unique pieces or limited series. Certain galleries have been very attentive to this type of work, exhibiting design pieces as static art. They are not content to just represent their work but also to highlight the more diverse forms of Applied Arts.
With the emergence of Design in art galleries, we decided to integrate Design @ Galleries into the route. Discover a collection novel works in galleries where aesthetics and functionality remain at the essence of what is created.