Brussels Design September 2017
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 11 years
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 the Horta House, Bozar or MAD Brussels reinforce the cultural offer of this edition.
For the first time, Design September will take place in the public space of the city centre. An art work by Julien De Smedt in collaboration with Emeco and his iconic chairs that will take over the Chartreux district.
Brussels Design Market brings a focus on the image of Brussels, the city of vintage: a vintage district in the city, a ceramics exhibition in Tour & Taxi, and many other events will celebrate the 15 years of the Brussels Design Market, which is the biggest vintage market in Europe.
Design of tomorrow and her production are central in the itinerary of FabLabs that brings a focus on 100% made in Brussels products. An exhibition in BIP presents its many expressions.
The Arts&Crafts itinerary brings a focus on jewellery with a tribute to jewel workshops and designers.
Finally, the Belgian design will be present with Alain Berteau, Marian Bautier, Jean-François d'Or, Nathalie Dewez to name but a few.
Arts&Crafts Jewellery focus
For the 3rd edition of the Arts & Crafts tour brings a focus on jewellery with a tribute to jewel workshops and designers. Over 20 workshops will open their doors for you to discover the finest products of our contemporary artists.
The Hotel Be Manos will host a joint Arts & Crafts exhibition with a selection of emblematic pieces.
Open Doors - Fablabs & Makerspaces
Design of tomorrow and her production are central in the itinerary of FabLabs that brings a focus on 100% made in Brussels products.
An open-door weekend (September 16th – 17th) offering learning and creation with a journey through the city and its spaces.
A joint-exhibition is taking place at the BIP where each FabLab will highlight the maker’s works.
Vintage Design Route
To celabrate the 15 years 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 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.