| Jul 26, 2011 |
Belgium design festival to host Designers Weekend
Boh staff
By Staff

The Design September festival presents the international brands on the Belgian market in showrooms and design shops throughout Brussels September 24-25.

For its fifth anniversary, shops and venues will be connected with a shuttle service for 60+ cultural events focusing on furniture, objects, industrial products, graphic design and architecture. Events include exhibitions, conferences, private showings, film viewings, tours of studios of designers, flea market, urban circuits, pecha kucha and more.

In addition, this year, Design September is reviving a Vintage route which will bring together the most active Brussels antique dealers.

While championing its special features and giving preference to Belgian players, Design September also prides itself on welcoming a broad panel of internationally recognised designers with a focus on fresh and singular design. This annual event offers a resonance chamber for creativity and for initiatives launched by the design sector in Brussels.

Designers Weekend is a tour intended for professionals and major fans of design. Punctuated by 15 places dedicated to design (showrooms, shops and exhibition spaces), this circuit will take place in the heart of Brussels during one weekend.

It will give a wider public the opportunity to find out about the work of designers, architects and artistic directors; light will be shed on their work in each of the exhibition spaces.

Antoine Van Craen, Jean-Louis La Haye and Paul Holemans founded the non-profit association (asbl) Designers Weekend in 1982. Their initiative had the objective of taking a sort of inventory of the new things exhibited in the Milan showroom and to create cooperation between different colleagues involved in importing. Very quickly, the Designers Weekend became an annual rendezvous that was not to be missed. A few years ago, the children of the respective founders of the non-profit association, Elise Van Craen and Bernard La Haye, took up the flame again for the organization of the event.

Starting with the opening of a 16th c. exhibition centre in the very heart of the city, the Nonciature, place du Sablon, each participant will be invited to honor a designer, an architect or an artistic director, selected according to the sensitivities specific to each brand.

This invited guest will work on the staging, the choice of items exhibited, the decoration of showcase windows or any other creative project leading to a dialogue between the new features of the brand and its own universe. His or her biography will be displayed on didactic panels.

A shuttle service will be offered to the professionals, but only with pre-registration online.

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