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September once again marks the start of a month-long celebration of all things design-related in Brussels. And judging from the huge variety on offer, this year's event - now in its nineteenth year - will have something to appeal to everyone's taste. The city will come alive with more than one hundred design-related events, featuring furniture, textile, jewellery and interior design.


Like other capital cities, Brussels' design month has grown year-on-year and has built up a strong reputation both at home and internationally. The lectures in Flagey and the various expos (in turn packed with events) act as the backdrop to the month's design activities.

As in previous years, leading names from the international design world will descend on Brussels to talk about their work. Brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are just two of the big names in design making an appearance. The design duo come fresh from presenting new products at the Milan Furnitur Fair, Alongside the likes of Magis and Glas Italia, and have won international acclaim by bringing their modern style to the Palace of Versailles. Arik Levy, whose Rockgrowth sculpture has stood at the foot of the Atomium since late April this year, will also be paying a visit to Belgium's capital.

Of course, the spotlight will also be on Belgium's own fresh talent. Architect Julien De Smedt first shot to international fame with his bureau in Copenhagen and is now gravitating more towards Belgium once again. Last year, for example, he launched his new designer brand 'Makers with agendas' during Design September.

Craft
Another gem to look forward to is an exposition exploring the twenty-year career of jewellery designer Christa Reniers. Early followers of her work habe made a seceltion of twenty of the most iconic designs from her oeuvre, including some that are still bestsellers.

The craft side of design will also be extensively explored during Intersections#3 Belgian design in the Atomium. For this third edition, selected works will be on show from Vera Vermeersch, creator of contemporary carpets, and Hugo Meert, whose ceramics inhabit the border space between traditional and industrial. Also on show in the Atomium will be the original, mostly wooden objects of Kaspar Hamacher. Hamacher will present his work in the Design Vlaanderen Galerie in the context of Möbel, a new soccially-onspired furniture label from Turnhout's Resourcelab.

Once thing that will become apparent during the Brussels Design Market is that, just like contemporary art, design can also be an investment. Indeed, more than a hundred traders from across Europe will make their way to Thurn & Taxis to sell their vintage desgin pieces.

Design September take place on September at various locations in Brussels.
www.designseptember.be

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