Brussels Design September 2020
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 not-to-be-missed 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, the Commerce Design Awards, 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 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 14 years
Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Francisco Gomez Paz, Maarten Ceulaer, Paola Navone, Ross Lovegrove, Marcin Rusak, Patrick Norguet, Studio 5.5, 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
Once again, we want to reinforce the image of Brussels as an attractive and dynamic capital: we will highlight the innovation of our young designers through various events related to Design, in order to enhance the commercial attractiveness of the city.
These past few years, Brussels has incontestably become a city of Design, thanks to the talent and the ingeniousness of our designers. Design from Brussels has started to gain quite a reputation and we want to contribute to this in our own way by organising this event. Design September always wanted to connect with the city and represent its various exaltations and diversities. The importance and influence of the event are shaped more and more as design in its most various forms takes an increasingly important place in the daily life of Brussels: urban furniture, installations, lights,...
Our designers’ innovations find their place in the urban landscape. This has contributed in a positive way to the city’s reputation and to its economic and tourist activity. The city of Brussels needs events that put creativity and innovation at the forefront. Design September, alongside the Brussels-Capital Region, the City of Brussels and many institutional and private partners, is proud to contribute to it.
Design September Highlights
The 2020 edition of Brussels Design September will be centered around change. After this year’s health crisis, our focus will be on responsible consumption, keeping our nearest and dearest close, different ways of travelling, reinterpreting the role of objects and reassessing what is essential and necessary, on the one hand, and what is less important on the other.
We do this by means of three different subjects.
First of all, we want to show our support for young designers from Belgium and Brussels.
This year’s edition we will not have any foreign VIPs attending. Instead we will be showcasing 50 young Belgian designers on our website and offering their creations for sale at the 2nd edition of the Contemporary Design Market at Tour & Taxis at the end of September.
The second topic will be presented by means of an Arts & Crafts tour and planned visits to 20 or so workshops. Planned exhibits will feature solo and group creations made by hand, the benefits of being an artist and much more. We are currently also developing a series of animations and personal accounts.
Finally, we also want to highlight upcycling, in close collaboration with FabLabs and designers. Preserve, recycle, create and recuperate,… some of the keywords associated with this dynamic craft form. In a world where resources are increasingly limited and expensive, it is more than ever essential to revaluate materials that were destined for the rubbish bin.
The beating heart of this year’s cultural offering is Brussels Design Museum, featuring exhibitions of renowned designers at some of the most symbolic locations in the city, such as the Maison Horta, BOZAR and ADAM.
Contemporary Design Market
For the September 2020 edition, an area of Brussels Design Market will be dedicated to contemporary design!
Both well-known and up-and-coming Belgian designers from different disciplines will once again be in attendance to showcase and sell their creations.
The Contemporary Design Market is part of the Design September agenda, and offers a unique opportunity to discover and buy Belgian design.
The event is organised in collaboration with Flanders DC and Wallonie Design.
Best of Vintage
To celebrate the 28th 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.