In September, it’s all about design!

Muriel de Crayencour
08 septembre 2016
Join us this weekend at Tour & Taxis for the 22nd edition of the Brussels Design Market. Discover the objects of over 100 exhibitors at the largest vintage design market in Europe. Gérald Watelet will be the guest of honour and will present its latest findings of XXth century design. Pre-register online via

Brussels Design Market, Tour & Taxis, Sheds 3 and 4, Saturday 10 Sept from 14:00 to 18:00, sunday from 9:00 to 17:00

The Brussels Design September will kick off again on 8 September: four weeks to indulge in the beauty of design. Jam-packed with exhibitions, conferences, visits to workshops but also art galleries - all with a strong focus on the link between design and architecture - the agenda is fantastic. A brief review of the highlights.

For the second time now, the Arts& Crafts route will highlight the artisans of Brussels and their know-how. The arts & crafts sector, which is usually hidden to the public, is alive and kicking in our capital. Leather workers, eyeware makers and craftsmen who specialize in tailor-made furniture will all be happy to welcome design enthusiasts to their workshops.

Must-sees include the leather workshop Niyona, but also the showrooms/workshops of designer Charlotte Lancelot and of the NoMoreTwist label. On 17 and 18 September, the public is invited to join workshops that initiate them in textile techniques like embroidery or painting.

Also not to miss: the self-edited objects by Boris Paternostre at the UGC ArtBox art gallery and the boutique workshop of Eric Beauduin. You’ll be amazed by the results of the fruitful collaboration between this designer and plastic artist Cathy Croëz, which combines leather with ceramics.

Noteworthy exhibitions

The fourth edition of the Intersections biennial for contemporary art will team up with the CID of Grand-Hornu, presenting a selection of the pieces that the Mons museum acquired in the past five years. Place to be? The Art & Design Museum (ADAM) next to the Atomium.

The history of design is often archived in photos. The photos that the famous designer Charlotte Perriand took during her travels in Japan will be presented at Bozar.

At BIP, design lovers will discover six young, emerging designers who had the honor of representing Belgium recently in Milan (Salone del Mobile 2016). In addition, 13 designers who created a collective business for the 2016 Milan Design Week will join forces, once more, in the Design Vlaanderen Galerie during September.

Go and listen!

Three big-name designers have been invited to give a lecture at Flagey. The first is Eugeni Quitllet, from Barcelona, who has created furniture for Kartell, Lexon and Vondom.

Mårten Claesson is a Swedish architect. In 1995, he co-founded the world-renowned Swedish architecture and design partnership Claesson Koivisto Rune - a multidisciplinary agency in the purest Scandinavian tradition.

In addition, there is Carlo Massoud, who gained a Master’s degree in industrial design from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in Beirut in 2008. Amongst his key projects are The Autopsy Project, a 2015 collaboration with his sister, ceramist Mary-Lynn Massoud, and with Otto Du Plessis of Bronze Age Foundry and Andile Dyalvane of Imiso (Cape Town, South Africa).

International focus

The Brussels design weeks will be zooming in on Polish design in an exhibition arranged as a living room, fitted neatly inside a shipping container with windows, at Brussels’ Grand Place. This promises to be a fascinating dialogue between design and the place’s flamboyant gothic monuments. The Czech Republic, for its part, will invite design enthusiasts to discover its gastronomy, but also the art used around the table: glass, China, lighting, etc.

In the city center

Be sure to visit the exhibition by paper designer Laure Devenelle in the offices of Prisme Editions and Second Life Festival - a vintage market where you can buy jewelry, bags, accessories and posters, at the renowned Hôtel le Berger.

Several contemporary art galleries have a design program scheduled. Piano Nobile Gallery, for example, presents The Forest of Lights, a duo installation by Nathalie Dewez & Kaspar Hamacher. There’s also HD Gallery, which unites various designers working with wood and LKFF Art & Sculpture Project, where you’ll love the solo show of Les Deux Garçons.

Definitely don’t miss the Design Market, on 10 and 11 September, at Tour & Taxis. It’s a unique opportunity to take a unique, vintage object home.

Muriel de Crayencour

Rédactrice en chef

Voir et regarder l’art. Puis transformer en mots cette expérience première, qui est comme une respiration. « L’écriture permet de transmuter ce que l’œil a vu. Ce processus me fascine. » Philosophe et sculptrice de formation, elle a été journaliste entre autres pour L’Echo et Marianne Belgique. Elle revendique de pouvoir écrire dans un style à la fois accessible et subjectif. La critique est permise ! Elle écrit sur l’art, la politique culturelle, l’évolution des musées et de la manière de montrer l’art. Elle est aussi artiste. Elle a fondé le magazine Mu in the City en 2014.

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