June 5, 2007
by Canadian Architect
Following the example set by other major cities such as Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, London and Amsterdam, Brussels has established itself as a stronghold of design in Europe. A milestone event for amateurs, Design September is a festival that includes almost 30 separate events from September 9-30, 2007.
Last year, as part of Fashion and Design Year, Brussels prepared itself for the first time to showcase a week entirely devoted to design. A novel event contributing to Brussels dynamic and creative image. This year, Designweek changes its name and becomes Design September, to more accurately reflect the flood of events related to design that will be in full swing, welcoming guests from around the world. Taking its cue from a music festival, Design September programs a series of autonomous events related to the theme of design to be held in various places around the capital for three weeks.
The goal of this event is to create synergies and bridges between the various independent and active organizations concerned with design by offering them a platform and showcase on a national scale and beyond the borders of the country. Launched in 2006, the year of fashion and design in Brussels, Design September aims to be a permanent and regularly occurring event for industry players in the design market, as well as for any members of the general public interested in design.
Design September 2007 includes various exhibitions: Eero Saarinen at the CIVA, Vienna-Brussels at the Museum of Architecture La Loge, Willy van der Meeren in the Atomium, and a joint exhibition of the reserve collections of the Gent Design Museum and Grand-Hornu images in the Sales Room of Pierre Berg & Associs in Sablon.
In view of the success of the Bouroullec brothers conference in Flagey in 2006, event organizers have increased the number of invited international design stars. This year, they welcome architects Jakob & McFarlane, designer Alberto Meda, and the extravagant Ora Ito. Additionally, Flagey will also welcome Belgian designer Alain Berteau.
During Designers Open Doors (September 15-16, 2007), approximately ten designers in Brussels will open the doors of their workshops to the general public to explain their work. This is a convivial way to demystify the design of the creator and to question professionals on the processes of the creation, manufacture and production of the design. As the grand finale, a temporary workshop installation for non-Brussels designers will take place at the Villa Empain.
From the September 26-30, 2007, the Vintage Discovery route will lead classical design lovers to discover the galleries of Brussels specializing in 20th-century design.
The Dynamo Belgian Young Design Awards presentation ceremony organized by Designed in Brussels will be followed by an exhibition of the prizewinners from September 21-30, 2007 in a new location two completely unfinished studios currently under construction.
A selection of restaurant owners will also participate in this event by creating a three-course design menu on the theme of cubism. Developed by the Food and Wine Academy, this event christened Food Design extends the range of design to gourmet cuisine.
To aid participants and visitors, Design September will publish a map of Brussels including all the design addresses of the capital. And especially for this occasion, Design September is setting up a caf at the Design Hub close to the Place Flagey. The caf functions as an information centre as well as a place of gathering for drink and celebration.
For more information, please visit www.designseptember.be.