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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.
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.
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.
With a little over 24 hours before they get behind the decks at our pink album release party, DJ duo The Criime deliver a soulful, sexy and at times even sultry deep house mix for us.
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.
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.
Internationally recognised inseparable artists Gilbert & George on their Brussels’ solo show
We sat down with the infamous London pair Gilbert & George just before the opening of their 'London Pictures' exhibition at Brussels' Albert Baronian.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get in bed with Hotel BLOOM!
With a little over a week to go before its 8th edition kicks off, we're pleased to reveal one of Art'n BLOOM!'s limited edition duvet designs.
La Cambre’s class of 2012
We were given backstage passes and front row seats at this year's graduate show at La Cambre, Brussels' fashion designing talent breeder.
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 grey album release party – Photographs
Photographs of last Friday's grey album release party at BOZAR Shop in Brussels.
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.
The grey album release party
Our new edition comes out this Friday, 1st June. We're celebrating with a party at Brussels' BOZAR Shop. Come, you might even get yourself one of our limited-edition tote bags.
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.
Art’n BLOOM! On the cover edition
Brussels’ Hotel BLOOM! hosts a unique edition of its now well-known Art‘n BLOOM! concept, bringing art and charity together in the creation of limited-edition duvet covers.
Art Brussels with Aeroplastics gallery
Brussels-based gallery Aeroplastics continues our series of throwaway projects today. Kitted out with their very own plastic snap box for Art Brussels, here's their staff's behind-the-scenes diary at Belgium's biggest art fair.
The weekend in Belgium 26.04
The weekend is set to be a good one for music lovers with the country's concert halls graced by the likes of The Lemonheads, The Beatnuts, Dandy Warhols and Wallace Vanborn. Plus there's an art book market in Ghent and exhibitions by Ian Wilson, Will Rogan, Stef Renodeyn and Lisa Carletta.
Art Brussels with Bodson-Emelinckx gallery
As part of our Art Brussels coverage, we've craftily equipped three Belgian galleries with nifty little throwaway cameras for a behind the scenes gander at the country's biggest art fair. Today: Brussels-based Bodson-Emelinckx.
In the very last installment of our interview series with Belgian gallery owners, we have a chat with Brussels-based Xavier Hufkens about this year's Art Brussels gig and art fairs in general.
Art Brussels’ 30th edition
The 30th edition of Art-Brussels opened last night and we were there to take the temperature and give you our pick of must-sees.
The weekend in Belgium 19.04
Here's our pick of somethings for your Belgian weekend, lovingly laid out with Art Brussels sitting pretty at the top of the pile with expos by Roe Ethridge and Felicia Atkinson, 40 murals by Invader, and some art fair side-shows.
Art is in the air in Brussels today as the city's big art bash kicks off. We had a sit down with gallery owner Rodolphe Janssen to speak about his show at the prestigious Art Brussels fair and his job as juror.
In the second part of our ongoing interview series with Belgian gallery owners, we speak to Baronian Francey founder Albert Baronian about his plans for Art Brussels.
We kick off a week of Art Brussels coverage with an interview with Alice van den Abeele and Raphaël Cruyt, the creative geniuses behind Brussels' Alice Gallery.
Céline De Schepper, only 23 years old, just graduated from La Cambre last June and is already one of Belgium's young rising fashion stars.
Stéphane Erouane Dumas at La Verrière Hermès
We sit down for an exclusive interview with French artist Stéphane Erouane Dumas as he prepares to unveil his latest installation at La Verrière Hermès on April 20.
The weekend in Belgium 12.04
Highlights of Belgium's packed agenda this weekend include an expo that guesses at 2040, AB's Kraftwerk fetish, as well as a show by Dean Treacy, fashion and photos in Antwerp and Democrazy's birthday do.
Pimpinelle, a new boutique in Brussels for foodies, inspires Damien Aresta to sample some other recent delicious food experiences. Dig in.
The best architectural renaissances in Brussels
The last part of our series on re-purposed spaces brings us to the Belgian capital where Adriaan Hauwaert and Jef Claes zoom in on the transformations of the Wiels museum, Recyclart and La Bijouterie.
The Word’s limited edition tote
Our new collection of The Word totes hit the streets today, with a limited edition illustration by Virassamy. Get yours and support your favourite Belgian bi-monthly.
The second instalment in our series of Word-exclusive mixes comes from female DJ duo The Lizzies.
The orange album release party photographs
Photographs of our orange album release party that took place in Brussels on Friday 8th April.
Jean-Luc Moerman wraps up ING’s Brussels headquarters
Money meets art in the form of Belgium's most humongous tarpaulin to hide the battle scars of ING's large-scale HQ facelift, a colour infused second skin by artist Jean-Luc Moerman.
Win tickets for Michael Hurley
Folk legend Michael Hurley is playing at L'Ancienne Belgique in Brussels on Wednesday. And we have five pairs of tickets to give away to our lucky, lucky readers.
The weekend in Belgium 05.04
The orange album's mother-of-all-parties might be behind us, but never fear. This weekend's got a new wave fest, second hand shopping and a bunch of expos, from Gert & Uwe Tobias, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, Erica Svec and Zachary Wollard.
Time again for our exclusive series on young promising photography talents. Part three spotlights French-born Brussels-based Margaux Carron whose inspiration for 'new beginnings' led her to reflect on adolescence...
It's the second installment of our photography series on the theme of new beginnings, and we're showcasing some springtime snap-happiness from rising Belgian talent Jef Claes.
The weekend in Belgium 29.03
This weekend, everyone's off to The Word's orange album release party. Oh, and there's also exhibitions of Charley Case, Joel Morrison, Andres Serrano, Lara Gasparotto and Ford Madox Brown, plus parties at Brussels' Catclub and a Helmet gig. It's going to be a busy one.
Back to zero
As part of our series on new beginnings, here's Julien Mourlon and Mieke Dumortier who've accomplished something most of us scaredy cats daren't do: they took the reigns of their careers and said so long to playing it safe.
Robert Johnson tour at Catclub
Frankfurt's legendary Robert Johnson club makes a pit stop in Brussels' Catclub this Saturday, bringing two of its resident DJs to play at the city's Wild Gallery.
New name, new game
We're talking band re-baptisms as part of our series on new beginnings, with Belgian musos The Glimmers, MonkeyRobot, New Bleeders and BRNS on why they did it and how it changed things (or not).
The weekend in Belgium 22.03
From Jeffrey Clancy's metallica to Kubrick's lonely cities, and all the Gustavo Riegos, Kirsten Pieroths, Koen Vanmechelens in between, throw in an average temperature of 17° and some cold, fizzy Jupe and you're set for a killer weekend in Belgium.
New Build: Yesterday Was Lived and Lost
Despite being the brainchild of Hot Chip's core members and shape-shifting experts Al Doyle and Felix Martin, New Build aren't just a chip off the old block.
The orange album release party
Our next edition hits the streets on Friday 30th March with a release party in the heart of Brussels.
Fifteen questions to Alice Knackfuss
We talk to the designer about feminism, the "freedom" of menswear and why she ultimately refuses to believe in fast fashion.
The weekend in Belgium 15.03
What does your future hold? A workspace-cum-gallery in St. Gilles, a darkly colourful show by Nicolas Van Kerckhove, plus expos at ALICE, Artiscope and Salvo and everything in between. Oh, and Madball play hard ball in Antwerp.
Win tickets for the Absolut Blank party
Absolut Vodka are throwing a two-nighter this weekend to celebrate the launch of their latest campaign Absolut Blank. And we have 10 pairs of tickets to give away.
The weekend in Belgium 08.03
Another busy weekend for all you people out there: there's Liège's photography biennal, exhibitions by JessicaYatrofsky, Muller Van Severen, Ida Tursic and Wilfried Mille, plus a party thrown in your honour by Belgian label On-point and a concert in Magasin 4.
You wait and you wait for a book by Christian Aschman and then two come all at once... the photographer sits down with the Word and opens up about opening up.
The weekend in Belgium 01.03
After a week off and with 4 exhibitions, 3 concerts & a night at Brussels' museums, our selection of weekend happenings is back on track.
PLMD’s Pierre and Damien
We polish off our series on creative and enterprising two-pieces with the delightful duo Pierre and Damien from graphic design studio pleaseletmedesign.
Still ridiculously loved up, we bring you Brussels-based DJ Sagat's excellent Valentines's Day mix, inspired by tacky, crappy E-Cards. It's a good one.
The weekend 16.02
The weekend kicks off tonight with Michel Mazzoni's book launch, a vernissage for Betty Tompkins' iconic Fuck Paintings and the arrival in the capital of quirky band Beatallica.
We have a sit down with French artist Pierre Besson whose works are currently on show at Brussels' Joye Gallery. We talk about technologic excess, the beauty of everyday things and Brian Eno's minimalist appeal.
Hunting and Collecting’s Niels and Aude
Niels and Aude are the creative geniuses behind Hunting and Collecting, a Brussels-based concept store that's made a name for itself in Belgium and beyond.
Projet Digilence’s Emilie and Valentin
Emilie Pischedda and Valentin Souquet are a duo in lots of ways: they are artists, lovers, parents and founders of Brussels-based art production hub Project Digilence.
The weekend 09.02
Exhibitions of Cy Twombly, Chantal Akerman and Naoto Kawahara, Azari & III and Jedi Mind Tricks in concert, plus a London getaway special revealing the must-sees on the island this weekend.
SteytPeña’s Luis and Laurence
Luis Peña and Laurence Steyt met while assisting the same photographer in Paris back in 2004. These days, they're busy with their venture, SteytPeña, and their very own Brussels studio.
Photographer Kelly De Block
In our continued bid to shine a light on rising Belgian talent, we speak with recently-graduated fashion photographer Kelly De Block about collages, contrasts and connecting with people.
Felicia Atkinson and Bartolomé Sanson
In the fourth part of our series on illuminating couple-collaborators, we introduce multi-talents Felicia and Bartholomé whose pooled resources include books and records.
Onda Sonora’s Bart and Yoeri
More superstar soulmates. DJs Yoeri Bellemans and Bart Sibiel make up two halves of Onda Sonora Soundsystem. They traffic their soulful sound at their own trademarked shindigs but also through a cool weekly slot on FM Brussel.
The weekend 03.02
It's a balmy minus 8° out there, but these weekend shindigs should warm you up: ProPulse Festival, Catclub and a Pierre Besson expo in Brussels, vintage shopping and a metal gig in Antwerp, and electronic music in Ghent. Have an outrageous weekend.
Face to Face’s Delphine and Flore
On a total love buzz, we've begun harvesting some of February's Valentine spirit. We've decided to while away the month by introducing you to some inseparable Belgian two-pieces. Some are musicians. Others photographers. The odd DJ-duo, even. We kick off our series with Brussels-based graphic design team Face to Face.
Memymom’s Lisa and Marilène
Part II of our fascination-feature on outstanding Belgian two-pieces. Drumroll please for Memymom, a photography venture concocted by mother and daughter duo Marilène and Lisa.
The weekend 26.01
This weekend has exhibitions of Don Brown, Wouter Feyaerts and Daan van Golden in store. Plus: Get your hands on a contemporary art piece without getting your wallet out at Bozar and take in your dose of music at Transardentes or the Gym Class Heroes concert.
With his exhibition at Bodson Emelinckx Gallery having just opened, we sit down with Brussels-based cut-up artist Christopher Coppers to talk about his biggest show to date, the state of TV and Belgian politicians singing the wrong national anthem.
Delvaux and Wouters & Hendrix collaboration
We sit down with jewellery designers Wouters & Hendrix to get the lowdown on their Delvaux collaboration.
The weekend 19.01
Christopher Coppers' exhibition opening in Brussels tonight, the incomparable Chilly Gonzales on Sunday night and a couple of design (Tomas Alonso at Victor Hunt), photography (Ben Murphy at Stieglitz 19 and Swedish photography at Zebrastraat) and art (Nikolay Oleynikov at Komplot) shows in between.
The weekend 12.01
With exhibitions by American artist Shirley Jaffe, Belgian Fauvist Ferdinand Schirren and fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, as well as shows on the Brazilian design scene and the best album artworks of 2011, the start of the year sure is high on culture.
The weekend 22.12
A film festival, two exhibitions, Chilly Gonzales and the James Taylor Quartet in Brussels as well two Christmas eve parties. What to do over the holiday weekend...
We book a table at gastronomic newcomer Bouchéry in Brussels' south to discover a world where passion and provenance prevail.
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