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Antwerp’s Helder: a design studio and interior store all in one
At the helm at Antwerp's Helder are a couple of designers whose own creations accompany those of a myriad of young international names...
Clubs, concerts and a SMAK of raw talent. This weekend in Belgium.
The end of Design September is nigh, leaving us with a monster wrap party plus a host of mouth-watering art, music and photography gigs from across the spectrum, across the country.
Brussels design emporium Espace Bizarre
A Japanese furniture shop turned concept store with everything from Muuto to Maroso on the shelves, Jens Rodieck transformed Espace Bizarre into the eclectic design address we know and love today.
Antwerp-based fashion photographer Michaël Smits on new directions
Photographer Michaël Smits is moving away from controlled minimalism and getting otherwise inspired, while settling into a brand new Antwerp studio.
Brussels retail tastemaker La Fabrika’s ode to design restraint
Number two on our tour of Belgium's most exciting design shops is Brussels’ La Fabrika, a 230 square metre patch of the city's design-friendly Dansaert district.
A design and interiors selection to take you through the winter
We’ve done a room-by-room survey of essentials, rounding-up those items that were most in need of replacing. From bedroom to bar, here’s our selection of design delectables topping our must-have list at the moment.
Photography, rap royalty and garden gigs. This weekend in Belgium
This weekend's a big one for all you music passionistas with favourites like Dent May, Best Coast, El-P, Graham Coxon, We Have Band and Bozar's electro fest hitting the Belgian capital, plus photography by newbie Lara Mennes and the poetic abstraction of Geert De Smet's statues...
Inside Brussels’ latest hotbed of design innovation Studio With A View
We dropped in on Studio With A View, an innovative artist hub that unites five designers, two photographers and an architect under one roof.
Brussels photographer Julie Scheurweghs on her solo show at Amsterdam’s De Brakke Grond
Julie Scheurweghs has just scored her first solo photography exhibition at Amsterdam's De Brakke Grond, a show that sees the 24 year old Ostender search for beauty in the banal.
An interview with high fashion shop Smets’ buying director Pascaline Smets
Glamorous style heiress Pascaline Smets uses her role in the family business to bring a cosmopolitan edge to Brussels.
The craftsmen that are the backbone of Belgium’s design industry
It’s a well-known fact: behind every great designer lies a great craftsman. We've visited five specialised ateliers in Belgium to bring to the fore those that usually take a backseat.
The five movers and shakers that gave Belgian designers a voice
Scenes don’t just magically take shape. We talk to five individuals instrumental in instigating, supporting and promoting design in Belgium.
An interview with the founders of Antwerp-based design practice Unfold
We've been profiling notable Belgian designers this month, and today we talk digital technology and the means of production with Antwerp-based multidisciplinary design duo Unfold.
A visit to upscaling design practice Atelier 4/5’s Brussels workshop
With a penchant for craft, these two architects by training have been making over furniture since 2009. As part of Design September's Open Doors, they're inviting us all in for a look around.
Open doors at Brussels’ design, architecture and film production hub L’Amicale
A bunch of seasoned Brussels designers of different stripes are throwing open the doors of their shared St. Gilles studio as part of Design September this weekend. Pleaseletmedesign's Damien Aresta tells us why we should visit L'Amicale.
An interview with hot and up-and-coming Brussels design practice Hopop Studio
These two architecture graduates set up shop in Brussels' St. Gilles neighbourhood last September and they've been renovating, renewing and recycling furniture ever since. Their atelier, Hopop Studio, is open to the public for one weekend only.
Art, fashion and Black Dice. This weekend in Belgium
The weekend has landed, bringing with it concerts by Kim Ann Foxmann, Japandroids and Black Dice plus Angel Vergara, Jonathan Meese and a smattering of other worthy art exhibitions
Textile design practice No More Twist opens the doors to its Brussels studio
Brussels' design studios fling open their doors to the public this weekend as part of Design September. We've selected a few that are worth a visit. First stop: Brussels textile design team No More Twist.
An interview with graduate fashion designer Louis Gabriel Nouchi
Louis Gabriel Nouchi's menswear collection was one to watch at this year's La Cambre Mode[s] show. He's back to the drawing board in Brussels' prestigious fashion academy, burning, bleaching and cutting his way to the top.
An interview with the founders of Ghent-based design imprint Studio Woot Woot
Founder of Ghent-based Studio Woot Woot Karen Soors is kicking about at La Fabrika with collective exhibition 'Colour' . She kicks of our Design September-inspired series of profiles of outstanding Belgian designers.
Brazilian design celebrated at stunning Brussels venue Ampersand House
We made ourselves at home at Ampersand's very homely gallery to contemplate the Brazilian Modern exhibition, an insightful showcase of Brazilian furniture worthy of extra special attention this Design September.
Graphic design exhibition Eat symbols opens at Pimpinelle in Brussels
We paid a visit to Rue de Flandre's Pimpinelle, a unique concept store that will play host to its very first art exhibition this weekend as part of Design September. We found a unique cooking class replete with graphics and sound.
Art, parties and Design September. This weekend in Belgium
There are only two things you really need to know about this weekend: think pink for our latest album release party at Joye Gallery Friday, then move on to Brussels' ubiquitous Design September happenings as they kick off all around the capital.
Sylvain Willenz’s Glassworks exhibition opens at design dealer Victor Hunt in Brussels
Probably the most exciting glass-based design expo you're likely to see in a while, we got a sneak preview of local boy Sylvain Willenz's tables and vases at Victor Hunt in the lead up to Design September.
A wide-eyed interview with homegrown up-and-coming artist Gideon Kiefer
We're bringing our art special to a close with a conversation with Belgian artist Gideon Kiefer about his new Indian adventure, nightly terrors and ego's place in the life and death of an artist.
Canadian fashion designer David Szeto
Yes, you can build a successful career as a designer without the usual exposure. In an atelier in Saint-Gilles, we catch up with David Szeto, one of fashion's best kept secrets.
Inside Brussels-based fashion designer’s private art collection
We talk to Belgian designer Jean-Paul Knott about his passion for art, why he keeps collecting it and what he really likes to do when sleep doesn't come.
The inner workings of Belgian artist Caroline Coolen’s studio
A final nose around the inspiring interiors of Belgium's artist spaces with a visit to visual artist Caroline Coolen's studio.
The best new faces in Belgian fashion
With the new fashion season upon us, we review agencies' books, sifting through their pages for the new faces of tomorrow.
Parties, pop-up shops and festivals. This weekend in Belgium
Following a short summer hiatus, we're back this week with our usual pickings of weekend happenings.
A walk around up-and-coming Belgian painter Matthieu Ronsse’s house-come-studio
We visit Matthieu Ronsse's studio, which also doubles up as his home to discover this promising artist's eclectic and fascinating body of work.
A look at artist Gideon Kiefer’s recent work
Bringing our art special to a close, we review the intriguing drawings and collages of Belgian artist Gideon Kiefer.
An interview with Belgian rising star photographer Lara Gasparotto
We sat down with rising Belgian photography star Lara Gasparotto to talk about her spontaneous way of working, Renaissance paintings and finding her own aesthetic.
Brussels Pony Club
Belgian electronic duo Brussels Pony Club deliver a dark, broody and sexy playlist for our exclusive mix series.
Inside Ghent-based Belgian artist Sofie Muller’s studio
The next instalment in our peeping tom series on artists' studios, we let ourselves in to Ghent-based Sofie Muller's workspace.
A look at up-and-coming photographer Lara Gasparotto’s recent body of work
We continue our series of portfolio presentations with the captivating work of up-and-comingg photography talent Lara Gasparotto.
A conversation with artist Sophie Kuijken
We sit down with Belgian painter Sophie Kuijken to talk about random internet searches, escaping artistic trends and painting people.
Photography, painting and outdoor parties. This weekend in Belgium
It's gearing up to be a sun-soaked weekend, so make sure to get down to Brüxsel Jardin's massive outdoor shindig, cure your hangover at Caoutchou Record's lazy Sunday in Antwerp and don't forget to check out the exhibitions of Gert & Uwe Tobias and Tamas Deszo.
A look at artist Sophie Kuijken’s latest work
Our series of artists' portfolio reviews continues with Belgian painter Sophie Kuijken.
An interview with Antwerp-based fashion photographer Frederik Heyman
Frederik Heyman keeps baffling us with his weird, beautiful and stylized images. We catch up with the Antwerp artist at home over tea and cookies.
The role of death and depression in photographer Anne De Gelas’ work
In a frank conversation about death, legacies and the trials and tribulations of life, photographer Anne De Gelas opens up to reveal a little more about her work.
Inside Brussels painter Karen Vermeren’s studio
In part three of our series on artists' spaces, we pay a visit to Brussels-based painter Karen Vermeren's studio.
An interview with up-and-coming Belgian photographer Mieke Verbijlen
In our second art interview of the month, we speak with Antwerp-based photographer Mieke Verbijlen about people's interiors, inspirations and browsing through Flickr.
Design, drawings and an electronic music festival. This weekend in Belgium
We've selected six exhibitions, two music festivals and two parties for this weekend's agenda-fillers.
In our second studio visit of the month, we drop in on Belgian painter Tom Liekens, who let us into his Antwerp studio for an exclusive peak around.
An interview with Antwerp’s fashion retail pioneer Geert Bruloot
In an exclusive interview for The Word, Philippe Pourhashemi talks to retail pioneer Geert Bruloot about the influence of London in his early days, the making of the Antwerp Six and how Japan paved the way for Belgium.
Brussels photographer Anne De Gelas’ faint and fragile world
In the third instalment of our series on artist portfolios, we feature the intimate and fragile work of Brussels-based photographer Anne De Gelas.
An interview with Belgian painting prodigy Rinus Van de Velde
We sit down with Belgian artist Rinus Van de Velde to talk about his working process, living in a fake reality and why the world doesn’t really need art.
Antwerp-based photographer Mieke Verbijlen’s interiors
We continue our series of portfolio presentations with Antwerp-based photographer Mieke Verbijlen.
Art, vintage markets and a night at the museums. This weekend in Belgium
Four exhibitions, a garden concert, a vintage market, a house night and a music festival. Your agenda-fillers for the weekend.
Juke playlist by Damien Aresta
We were quite keen to give newly-launched music streaming service Juke a try, so we asked some members of our extended family to toy around with the newcomer, create an exclusive playlist and get back to us with some feedback.
Inside the studio of Belgian painting royalty Sam Dillemans
We continue this month's art special by dropping in on Belgian painter Sam Dillemans in his studio.
A look at Belgium’s painting rising star Rinus Van de Velde’s latest work
With the month of August gearing up to be an art-infested one here at The Word, we begin with a portfolio presentation of one of Belgium's most promising up-and-comers, Rinus Van de Velde
Street art, vintage fashion and a canal-side party. This weekend in Belgium
Shake off the office and get into Brussels' much loved Catclub this weekend, then get shopping at Vide Dressing au Garage before heading to Ostend's Storm Thorgerson album art fetish fest and Kosmorigins street art expo. A balmy Belgian weekend awaits.
An interview with Berlin rap outfit Puppetmastaz at Dour
We tried to interview Berlin's Puppetmastaz in Dour's press tent last weekend but all our grown-up questions got drowned out in expletives and absurdity. But that's what you get when you interview soft toys.
An interview with French indie rockers Stuck in the Sound at Dour
We got stuck in the mud with Stuck in the Sound at Dour last weekend, a bunch of DIY-minded Paris rockers in the midst of their second foray into Belgium this year. Nice lads.
Visionary Paris-based Belgian designer Bruno Pieters on sustainable fashion
Graced with an interview with designer Bruno Pieters, we discuss 'Honest by.', a new concept that focuses on high-end, sustainable clothing. Transparency is the new black.
Poliça at Dour
The charming Channy Leaneagh of Poliça loves festivals, hates porta-loos. Her band, a favourite of Bon Iver, were born of the Minneapolis music scene and she was with the Word at Dour to tell us about it.
The weekend in Belgium 19.07
We haven't been this impressed by Belgium's weekend lineup since, well, ages. Cinematek's road movie marathon and Antwerp's photography nights wandering expo, rounded off by Power Festival in La Louvière and new art in Ghent.
Pomrad at Dour
Flying the homegrown electronica flag at Dour last weekend was producer Adriaan Van de Velde in his guise as Pomrad. He granted us a sit-down to fill us in on everything from living room gigs to synesthesia.
Little Dragon at Dour
More Dour festival fun and frolics with Swedish electronic outfit Little Dragon, a band that's so good they even got a backstage thumbs up from Beyoncé.
Knee deep in dirt, our own Joke De Wilde went down to Dour festival at the weekend to capture all the fun on film.
Backstage at Dour
Get a load of our backstage polaroid adventures at Belgium's premiere field fiesta at the weekend: the legendary Dour, now in its 24th year.
BRNS at Les Ardentes
Four young Belgian lads who go by the name of BRNS are currently braving their very first summer festival season. We caught up with them at Les Ardentes at the weekend and pestered them with questions.
The weekend in Belgium 12.07
Your Belgian weekend's all music with Dour Festival and 10 Days Off for those of you who like it electronic. Brussels, meanwhile, is putting on a music flea market and a big night out in the Marolles with Manu Chao while Ghent hosts art by Sonic Youth legend Lee Ranaldo.
Housse de Racket at Les Ardentes
There's talk of new albums, new apartments and hop-skipping round Europe on the summer festival circuit in our interview with Paris' finest Housse de Racket at last weekend's Les Ardentes.
Seven things you should buy before you leave
We’re keeping both him and her happy with this month’s showstoppers selection. We have the iconic bag, shoes and polo shirt, the future-friendly dresses, the obligatory pair of high tops, the jacket to go with them as well as the scent of the moment.
Twin Shadow at Les Ardentes
We caught up with L.A.'s George Lewis Jr. a.k.a. Twin Shadow at this weekend's Les Ardentes and had a little chat about his new album 'Confess', the summer festival circuit and getting by with a little help from Pitchfork.
The weekend was all about Les Ardentes in Liège, one of the summer's heavyweight music festivals, and we were on location to give you a glimpse at this four-day much-loved music melee.
By 2020, 40 percent of the Belgian population will be over 50. They will want to have fun, travel, and stay healthy and mobile in their own (renovated) homes. These four professionals understand that seniors will soon rule the world.
The weekend in Belgium 05.07
It's shaping up to be a saucy weekend in Belgium and here at the office we're particularly hyped about Ghent Jazz, Cactus festival, Les Ardentes and afterwork vintage shopping down at the Centre of Fashion and Design.
Reeling in the years
Martin Scorsese called it one of the most important film collections in the world: We profile Belgium's Royal Film Archive.
Belgium's festival season is in full tilt and for the whole month of July, we’ll be covering our favourites, just for you, with interviews, photo galleries and more. We kick off our sunny festival special with Couleur Café.
Dirty pretty things
We profile those shoe scraper thingymajiggies that the posh of yore used to stop dragging horse shit through the parlour.
We sat down with Belgian electro-pop four-piece Pale Grey to talk about their first EP, color-driven inspirations and being part of the JauneOrange Collective.
Pablo Henrard, a talented fashion student we spotted last year, opens up to fill us in on his 4th year womenswear collection, getting the girls for his last show and interning with the "family" at Gaultier Couture in Paris.
Photographers…and everyone around them
Photographers need a whole team of specialists behind them, from framers and printers to airbrushers. In a bid to shine a light on those professions essential to the photographic process, we profile four of these artisans.
The weekend in Belgium 28.06
This weekend stars a hefty host of exhibitions in Belgium, including In Sight, H Urban and Ghent's Kask school end-of-year, as well as the summer-induced madness that is the start of the July sales, including a big one at everyone's favourite design shop, La Fabrika.
We sat down with Marc Gysemans to talk about his collaboration with industry darling Raf Simons and his profession as a producer in general.
A stamp of approval
We asked six established Belgian photographers from Dirk Braeckman to Serge Leblon to nominate one emerging talent. There’s nothing like getting anointed by those that paved the way for you.
The best new photography series
Four young Belgian photographers who have captured our attention and imaginations: Quentin de Wispelaere, Sarah Carlier, Lara Mennes and Vincent Delbrouck.
A taste for paradox
We sat down with Paris-based Belgian Kris Van Assche - who designs Dior menswear as well as his own line - to talk about his style, avoiding sartorial clichés and why having fun with clothes is so important.
A photo-zine a day keeps the doctor away
The zine scene’s never been quite as lively as in recent years, and Belgium is no exception. We bring you a non-exhaustive collection: spontaneous, fast, teenagerish, egotistical, brilliant – and cheap.
The weekend in Belgium 21.06
With nine sumptuous exhibitions - from Sol LeWitt to Jeff Ladouceur - plus a concert by Californian five-piece Thee Oh Sees and the latest installment of Catclub, there'll be no time for gardening or DIY this weekend. You might as well face it.
Brussels-based record label UNREzT deliver a dark and deadly exclusive mix of hip-hop-tilting electronica, a perfect travel companion for those late-night underground missions on the subway.
We catch up with young Antwerp Academy graduate and Brugge native Miquel Boutens to talk dressy menswear, bow ties and Marie-Antoinette.
Bag packers for your summer adventures
We've stockpiled a stylish selection of goodies to get you prepped for your summer holidays. We've thought of everything - travel bag, bumbag, desert boots, the obligatory sunnies... to help you pack up before you skip off.
Belgium is an obligatory pit stop on most truckers’ itineraries. Here, we hitch a ride with some of the local boys, capturing the loneliness that comes with having chosen life on the road.
Bozar’s summer of photography
Bozar’s bi-annual platform for international photography kicked off last week, uniting over 30 museums and other cultural organisations in a two month-long programme. We selected four shows to be pencilled into your agendas.
The best green spaces in Belgium
Can't get away for a holiday? Never fear. Joke De Wilde and Anne Catharina Richards have scoured Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels and captured on film their favourite green oases for your lounging and picnicking pleasure.
POP ETC, Stacks and Woodkid
POP ETC, Stacks and Woodkid have been plucked off the airwaves and served as starter, main course and dessert for this edition of New Kids on the Block, our showcase of new music that matters.
The best graffiti writers in Belgium
We hunted down six legendary Belgian graffiti writers, each with their own speciality, and got them talking about their nighttime obsessions.
We sat down with William from Leuven-based Uphigh Collective to talk about their latest projects, the challenges of performing analogue and hip hop influences.
When Patrick met Nigel
We sat down with Bellerose boss man Patrick van Heurck and British designer Nigel Cabourn to discuss the fruits of their first team-up, a sleek duffle coat for next season.
The best travel spots in Belgium
This month is all about travel at The Word, and we've been busy touring the country trying and testing Belgium's best and most original getaway spots, from habitable Trojan horses to design hotels and the loveliest of bed & breakfasts.
The weekend in Belgium 07.06
This weekend you'll find us knee-deep in fashion with both Brussels' La Cambre and Antwerp's famous fashion academy putting on their annual catwalk bash, plus expos and shows up and down the country.
The best travel blogs in Belgium
The holiday season is upon us and we reckon you deserve a break. To get into the swing of things we've got an online travel special for the month of June, starting with our pick of Belgium's best travel blogs.
The weekend in Belgium 31.05
Join us at the Bozar shop on Friday for the launch of our grey album, but feel free to tuck into any of the other worthy happenings in Belgium this weekend, like Paul Wackers, Kelley Walker, El Anatsui expos, plus Rankin's Rubbish and more.
Welcome to the jungle
We invited a number of fashion experts including American style icon Diane Pernet to discuss the industry and what it takes for young designers to make it.
We shoot the breeze with 29-year-old Belgian designer Glenn Martens about his Paris début, a typical day at the atelier and where he gets his inspiration.
Dalai Lama Renaissance
We sat down with Belgian three-piece Dalai Lama Renaissance to talk about their upcoming album, running their own label and remaining cryptic.
The weekend in Belgium 24.05
Lots of reasons to get hyped about this Belgian weekend, with a mega-list of must-haves that includes the Lizzies, White Denim, a photography exhibition at Hunting and Collecting and much much more.
We asked Brussels DJ duo, radio hosts and party promoters Onda Sonora to whip up a lip-smacking mix of Belgium and Holland's freshest musical meat. Another Word exclusive.
The weekend in Belgium 17.05
We're all set for another long bank holiday weekend and this one's filled to the absolute max with exhibitions from Anne De Gelas, Wangechi Mutu, Frederik Heyman and others, plus concerts by skinny redhead King Krule and Bass Drums of Death.
Fifteen questions to Caroline Van Hoek
Here's us chatting with Brussels-based gallery founder Caroline Van Hoek about her take on the artist-as-jewellery-maker, why she expanded her space upwards and talent-scouting.
C2C and Ghostpoet
Tonight at Botanique: Turntableism veterans C2C and Ghostpoet, British hip hop newcomer and critics’ darling.
The weekend in Belgium 10.05
Coming soon to a weekend near you: a rare gig by legendary Belgian hip-hop group De Puta Madre and expos by Jean-Christophe Nourisson, iconic graffiti artist Kool Koor, Dutch painter Aaron Van Erp, Jan Yoors, Sharon Lockhart, German photographer Jessica Backhaus and more.
Kelly De Block
Having first profiled her work for our talent section, we got back in touch with up-and-coming photographer Kelly De Block to talk about her latest series, ‘Appearing/disappearing’.
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