It’s been nine years now that the Brussels Design September is taking over the city, creating a huge platform for designers (local and international), firms, and design aficionados.
The “festival” is gathering over a hundred of exhibitions, events, conferences, pop-up stores,design markets and much more in many different places in Brussels, offering a real opportunity to initiate a focus on design, a discipline that I think is too often overlook and reduced to the unpronounceable Swedish names of Ikea’s furnitures.
If you are simply curious about design or already a design lover, this bombastic event is for you. The programme is so large and eclectic that you will finally being able to have a better understanding of what is design today. It will for sure give you a glimpse of the Belgian design production, and why not starting to support our local designers by introducing some stylish pieces into your life.
Among the multiple exhibits, we chose FOUR events that caught our intention. As usual feel free to add your recommendations in the comment section below.
Jun Gobron & Jérôme Ronsmans at John & Rose Art Café
A great opportunity to discover two upraising Belgian designers, both graduated from the well known St-Luc school in Brussels in architecture and interior design. We are fond of their uncluttered style,and of their subtle way to approach their objects. Our crush? Jun Gobron‘sTurtle Coffee Table.If you never been to John and Rose Art Café, I can tell you in advance that you will go back again.
OPENING | September 11th AT 7 pm
VENUE | 80-84 rue de Flandre, 1000 Brussels
“The Power of Object(s)” : Design Bestsellers in Belgium
Organised by MAD Brussels and ING Belgium, the exhibition is focusing on what is making a design object a bestseller, on how a piece of design become an icon recognise by everyone. The questions of value and production will be approach over the exhibit that will showcase the most iconic (and most profitable) objects of 25 Belgian designers.
UNTIL | January 4th 2015
VENUE | ING Cultural Center : 6 Place Royale, 1000 Brussels
CNBM STUDIO at För
För is far from being just another concept store in the city. Almost a year old, the shop offers a smart selection of designers in a cosy and personally crafted decor that we love. Downstairs you can find a small gallery space that welcome some interesting exhibitions over the last months. To celebrate its first birthday För will welcome plenty of different events, among them then the CNBM Studio will take over the shopfront and the basement space. Created last year by designer and interior architect Carine Noti Bibi Mba, we are fond of their “mashup aesthetic”, that is perfectly mixing industrial style with handcrafted design with a special attention to geometry. Our Crush? The O’ Cork Clock.
OPENING | Official opening September 12th AT 6pm (but the exhibit is already on display)
VENUE | 108 rue Africaine, 1060 Brussels
Kustaa Saksi : “Hypnopompic” at Botanique
Finnish artist Kustaa Saksi is mastering the traditional practice of jacquard weaving like only few. His surreal colourful imagery is manufactured with cotton alpaca wool,and synthetic materials. His artworks are truly unique and hypnotic. A must see.
OPENING | September 10
VENUE | Botanique : 236 rue Royale, 1210 Brussels