Brussels Design September 2016
More than 100 Design Events
Brussels Design September, has become the meeting place for design enthusiasts and encompasses over 100 cultural and commercial events in Brussels. For a month, the city becomes the meeting platform for numerous Belgian and international designers.
Brussels Design September gathers activities such as exhibitions, conferences, Arts & Crafts routes, the Commerce Design Brussels or the Brussels Design Market. So many places for dialogue and meetings between designers, architects and design enthusiasts. A true urban route to be followed going through stores, pop-up stores, galleries, cultural venues.
This edition will be unique and festive thanks to the participation of numerous events . A program that will be marked by the latest trends in Belgian and international design. Faithful to the multidisciplinary spirit of the event, the different movements, influences, references and trades that participate in Design today will also be put in the limelight. There is great ambition for the 2016 edition: design is part of our daily lives in the same way as Design September 2016 will be part of the daily life of the residents of Brussels.
In September 2016, Brussels will not only be the Capital of Europe but particularly the European Design Capital.
Lecturers of the last 10 years
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 route
The main exhibitions and favorite of this eleventh edition. One example, among the most important exhibitions: Intersection # 4 in ADAM, Belgian Matters at Design Vlaanderen, Decor in the Boghossian Foundation, Belgium is Design at the BIP. But also highlight the emulation that design can bring to a city, that can be present in a restaurant, a gallery, a shop, a hotel. The design attracts our gaze, gives us a different perception of space. During the courses, established or emerging designers will help you to cross the city.
A route that promotes heritage and artisans of Brussels, the knowhow of the different arts & crafts actors. This route will lead the visitors to discover famous houses, workshops in the field of metalwork, cord work, ceramics, publishing, woodwork … that are usually closed to the public. How do arts & crafts and design complement each other: famous Belgian designers will reveal unknown workshops to the public.
Commerce Design Award 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.
Open Doors - Architecture Route
This year, Design September wanted to evaluate the relationship between design, architecture and interior design. In previous editions this trend already existed with the inclusion of architectural firms participating in the Open Doors course, and was present at the Commerce Awards design. We therefore wanted to build upon this in our programming of the event.
In partnership with magazine A + this year we will give honour to design and architecture with exhibitions, a conference or a display of Brussels architectural offices.