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25 things to do in Belgium this weekend
All-nighters in Liège, piping hot new talents in Antwerp and our very own protest soirée at The Word. Go do the right thing.
“Our intention is to bring back materiality to this digital world of ours.” La Gadoue’s eco-responsible and thoughtful designs
Design September is launching #ikkoopbelgisch/#jachetebelge for the very first time, and help you get to grips with the unlimited talent on show, we’ve gathered together three of the brightest young things that would be foolish to miss. Ending the mini-series is La Gadoue, set to showcase at Mofelito Paperito.
Czech Centre Brussels director Jitka Pánek Jurková’s five design reasons to visit Prague
With their latest grand exhibition 100Czech: The Story of Czech design nearing its opening date, the Czech Centre’s director Jitka Pánek Jurková lets us in on the mastery that is Czech design, and its beautiful manifestations in Prague.
“Outdoor stage design can accomodate that club atmosphere we all love.” HORST festival on eclectic stages and stubborn persistence
With less than a week to go to its fifth and final edition, we speak with the founders of HORST about their steadfast focus on stage design as a way of creating the ultimate festival experience.
“I walk around, I ask a lot of questions, and I’m as naive as possible.” Bert Villa on human design and rediscovery
Various art forms will be explored, boundaries will be crossed and the unexpected is to be expected as Belgian artists and creatives from further abroad will showcase new and existing works in the framework of Bekegem's PLAN B art festival. We've selected five artists and projects you cannot miss, continuing the stream with multi-platform artist Bert Villa.
Five reasons to go see La Monnaie’s Bluebeard’s Castle & The Miraculous Mandarin
Renowned for Béla Bartók's gothic magnificence, we select five reasons why La Monnaie's next double-bill productions are unmissable.
21 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Dripping decadence in Antwerp, calculated chaos in Leuven and bumping beats in Brussels. Go do the right thing.
Conceptual re-evaluation: Balthazar Delepierre’s design exploration
From familial inspiration with typography to finding his stride in style, Brussels-based independent graphic designer Balthazar Delepierre talks us through his portfolio.
30 things to do in Belgium this weekend
A special edition dedicated to Brussels' contemporary art week of the year, and of course, various not-to-be-missed opportunities throughout the country to shake the week off. Go do the right thing.
20 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Cultural cannibalism in Antwerp, tangible femininity in Brussels and sweaty grooves in Mechelen. Go do the right thing.
15 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Masculinity under fire in Brussels, celestial mixes in Ghent and world-class frames in Antwerp. Go do the right thing.
“I want to create something that can stand on its own.” Midnight Chardonnay founder Mamiko Motto on the debut edition of her nomadic festival concept
With the first edition of Midnight Chardonnay hosted this coming Saturday at Antwerp's Het Bos, we put a few questions to founder Mamiko Motto.
15 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Demonic decadence in Gaasbeek, immortalised taboos in Brussels and jungle designs in Antwerp. Go do the right thing.
20 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Tail-wagging jazz in Leuven, revelatory spoken word in Brussels and intimate portraits in Ghent. Go do the right thing.
20 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Airwave birthdays in Ghent, all female line-ups in Brussels and over-the-top art in Antwerp. Go do the right thing.
Philip Vormwald’s tribute to chaos
Next up with Philip Vormwald's monochromatic chaos, we're shining some light on The Hope's nominees ahead of Collectible's opening in a rather impromptu yet necessary collaborative mini-series.
Héloïse Rival on her work, challenges and the everyday inspirations
Continuing with Héloïse Rival's unconventional practices, we're shining some light on The Hope's nominees ahead of Collectible's opening in a rather impromptu yet necessary collaborative mini-series.
“Belgium is challenging as it is an unescapable art platform in Europe”: Eric Stephany’s work on balance
Carrying on with Eric Stephany's geometric forms, we're shining some light on The Hope's nominees ahead of Collectible's opening in a rather impromptu yet necessary collaborative mini-series.
Martin Hyde’s questioning of the real world
Kicking off with Martin Hyde's surrealism, we're shining some light on The Hope's nominees ahead of Collectible's opening in a rather impromptu yet necessary collaborative mini-series.
20 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Critically-acclaimed rap in Liège, feline-inspired art in Brussels and creative carnivals in Charleroi. Go do the right thing.
10 public libraries in Belgium
Public libraries fulfil an invaluable, and very necessary, role in modern society – we pay tribute to some of the country’s most distinct and distinguished ones in the hope of encouraging you to renew your membership once and for all.
Resurrecting darlings: Ines Cox’s design self-reflections
From childhood games with a copy machine to finding inspiration from her students, the unrelentless Ines Cox talks us through her portfolio.
15 things to do this weekend
Post-revolution revelations in Brussels, fusion-dabke in Ghent and enigmatic art reveals in Antwerp. Go do the right thing.
20 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Graphic design gold-mines in Liège, minimalist perfection in Antwerp and smoozey love songs in Brussels. Go do the right thing.
20 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Snapshots of the Middle East in Brussels, electro-mania in Charleroi and artist blind dates in Ghent. Go do the right thing.
10 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Dive-bar shindigs in Leuven, birthday celebrations in Antwerp, and the future of contemporary art in Brussels. Go do the right thing.
visionandfactory’s Hugo Puttaert on Integrated 2017’s urgent manifesto
Curator Hugo Puttaert shares the aims and visions involved in this year's Integrated conference, which will be held at Antwerp's deSingel over the next two days.
Neighbourhood watch: The design improvements Region of Brussels’ residents would bring to their Communes (Part 2)
Nine more Brussels-based locals imagine the potential futures for architectural design in their neighbourhoods.
The six sequences of ADAM’s collection, part 5: The Aesthetics of Abundance
A "thrilling adventure of the real": how plastics facilitated formal innovation in the 1960s.
Neighbourhood watch: The design improvements Region of Brussels’ residents would bring to their Communes (Part 1)
10 Brussels-based locals imagine a future for architectural design in their neighbourhoods.
The six sequences of ADAM’s collection, part 4: Design as a Trojan Horse
Was American design in the 1970s protest or pure innovation?
11 things to do in Belgium this weekend
Belgian design history in Brussels, urban re-imaginations in Ghent, and Sunday fun in Namur.
Rotor’s quest to safeguard the country’s design and interior heritage
The meteoric rise of Rotor, the company salvaging Belgium’s design and interior heritage one construction site at a time.
The six sequences of ADAM’s collection, part 1: Pop Functionalism and Mass Production.
In the first instalment of a six-part series, we take a detailed look at Brussels’ Art and Design Atomium Museum's Pop Functionalism and Mass Production movement.
The Word x Komono: Time is of the essence
In our continuing collaboration with Antwerp-based Belgian watch brand Komono to celebrate the release of its latest model, the Walther, we pick the brains of three Brussels-based creatives to find out how they like to spend - or waste – their time.
The best shopping addresses in Belgium
Covering all your last-minute Christmas shopping needs.
School children talk about the supermarket of the future
Unmanned trolleys? Check. Underground tunnel-enabled distribution? Check. Drone deliveries? Colour-coded smart shelves? Check. Hover boards? Of course.
Grand Hornu’s Marie Pok on Danny Venlet’s Easy Rider
The woman in charge of overseeing the Centre d'Innovation and Design at Grand-Hornu talks about Danny Venlet's iconic chair.
Full disclosure: Why we’ll soon be urging you, over and over again, to submit a project for Brussels
A few words about our work on Make.Brussels, Atrium.Brussels' latest initiative to reenergise downtown Brussels.
A new kind of barbecue, the Feuerring combines art, design and enjoyment.
With the summer season finally upon us, an artist-designed barbecue redefines the meaning of outdoor, culinary fun.
Save the D.A.T.E
In its ever growing quest to cement its reputation as an all-round creative force, the city of Antwerp, is putting on the second edition of D.A.T.E.
Retouching expert Olivier Dengis on working alone
The print wizard talks about going solo, and all the related implications.
Best for Arts and Crafts in Brussels
We visit 15 of the most specialized, and secret, studios and ateliers in Brussels and find out what, exactly, is their craft made of.
Alexis Ryngaert’s Brussels
Design gallery Victor Hunt founder Alexis Ryngaert opens up about his adopted hometown, Brussels.
My Nominee: Muller Van Severen
An interview with book designer Sven Beirnaerts, Muller Van Severen's nominee for a rising talent to look out for.
My nominee: Sylvain Willenz
Wrapping up our interview series, Sylvain Willenz gives us his choice for a Belgian emerging design talent.
My three nominees: Jean-François d’Or
François d’Or selects Judicael Cornu, Damien Gernay and Frederique Ficheroulle as the three emerging designers to be recognized.
My three nominees: Xavier Lust
Read the interviews with three talented designers Xavier Lust has his eye one.
My three nominees: Marina Bautier
We interviewed Marina Bautier's selection of up-and-coming designers to keep an eye on.
Area codes: Frederik Vercruysse’s Antwerp
Antwerp's nooks and crannies have found a way to fairly new resident Frederik Vercruysse's heart.
Stephanie Specht’s Antwerp
In this week's Area code, we takes a stroll through graphic designer Stephanie Specht's Antwerp.
Jon and Maša’s Antwerp
The couple behind Antwerp-based creative agency Klein take us on a tour of their favourite local hangouts.
New Kids on the Block: Olivier Biltereyst & Laurent Bouchat
There's a new 20th century design and art book store that's just opened in the Brussels neighbourhood of Uccle.
Looking for interns
We're looking for students to join our Brussels office and its many different internship possibilities. Read on and get in touch.
Area codes: DIFT founders Yves and Bert’s Ghent
DIFT founders reveal Ghent's best coffee bars, tattoo parlours, restaurants and bars.
The pulse of a city: 25 visual tributes to Brussels
Art institutions, online radio, graphic design studio, independent magazine: this is how Creative Belgium sees Brussels.
Area codes: Marina Bautier’s Brussels
We kick off the new season with a tour of some of Brussels-based designer Marina Bautier's favourite local digs.
Ten things to do in Belgium this weekend
Our weekly round-up of cultural showstoppers marks its return this week with a 10-strong selection of agenda fillers.
Three reasons Belgium stood proud in 2013
Three homegrown projects which did more for Belgium in 2013 than any Stromae radio hit ever could.
Brainbox, Richard Serra and Happy birthday dear Academy
...plus Catclub, Gedi Sibony and Everything and More at Tim Van Laere
15 addresses for vintage design in Belgium
A rolodex of addresses for vintage design in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Liège.
Ten things to do during Design September
What to eat, see, buy, visit and listen to during this year's edition of Design September, which opens tomorrow.
10 things to do during Art Brussels
An artful selection of activities that includes everything from off-fairs to parties and openings.
Area codes: there’s a renaissance happening in Amsterdam
We're taken on a tour of Amsterdamian Rhiannon Pickle's absolute-must city-side addresses...
Preview: How to make it without IKEA
Our April edition will see us dig deep into the spirit of hacking while finding out what life looks like without IKEA
Hives, Harmonie and art a la carte.This weekend in Belgium.
AB hosts the Hives, Harmonie turns two in Antwerp and the Nationa(al) Pop Up Store pops up in Brussels.
Stephan Schneider on curating the Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store
We spoke with the German designer about his selection, the new generation and why a strong product is always key.
CEO Marco Probst takes Belgian luxury leathergood house Delvaux into the future
"We don't need a star designer. Our product is the star": New Delvaux CEO Marco Probst talks strategy.
Annemie Verbeke on Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store
Womenswear designer Annemie Verbeke gets involved in the Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store in Brussels' Châtelain neighbourhood.
Doing the rounds at Paris’ independent publishing fair Offprint
Paris' Offprint, a three-day gathering of publishing purists, took place over the weekend alongside Paris Photo. We were there.
MoMu director Kaat Debo on its first decade
Kaat Debo waxes fashionable about the first ten years of MoMu, Antwerp's prestigious fashion museum.
Illustrator Valentine De Cort teams up with Belgian fashion giant Delvaux
Valentine De Cort draws the story of Delvaux's very fashionable leading lady to celebrate the revamped Le Madame bag.
An interview with the creative minds behind Belgian fashion label Percy Stone
Percy Stone are yet another creative city-side couple in the early days of their joint enterprise. They answer our questions about their two's company.
Fashion designer Christian Wijnants on his 20th collection and winning the Woolmark prize
Throwing a big party to celebrate winning the Woolmark prize is not really Christian Wijnants' thing, he's saving his energies for Paris next year.
An interview with Antwerp-based German designer Daniel Andresen
Antwerp-based German designer Daniel Andresen took time out to chat to us about subjects close to his heart, like the textures and imperfections of a well-spun yarn
Robot photography, Polaroids and fashion walks. This weekend in Belgium.
Modo Brussels sets up shop and Ixelles/Elsene gears up for a Walk #1 while Breton roll into town for a Botanique gig.
Fashion designer Étienne Derœux on his American road trip-inspired collection
Designer Étienne Derœux went roadtripping across the USA à la Jack Kerouac where the formality and tradition of American dress informed his third and latest collection.
Urban development agency creates collaborations between shop owners and designers
In a bid to spice up the design aspect of our neighbourhoods' retail landscape, urban development agency Atrium launched a contest calling on designers to jazz up the windows and displays of local independent grocery shops.
Belgian design by numbers
As part of the pink album's design special we did some research and found some interesting facts about design in Belgium.
An interview with Belgian design darling Thomas Lommee
Thomas Lommee is working on a Lego-meets-Wikipedia type design project in his Ixelles studio. We talk to the young designer about sensitivity and design solutions.
Design District brings Scandinavian cool to Leuven
The final installment of our series on Belgian design high street gems sees us wandering through Leuven's 'Design District', one of the country's major hotspots for Scandinavian design devotees.
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...
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.
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.
Shopping for design at Antwerp’s Atelier Solarshop
We strolled through the streets of Belgium's major cities and picked out our favourite design store gems. Each day this week, tune in for a selection of our favorite addresses and featured items. Today: Atelier Solarshop.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
We catch up with young Antwerp Academy graduate and Brugge native Miquel Boutens to talk dressy menswear, bow ties and Marie-Antoinette.
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.
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.
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.
The weekend in London 19.04
London goes to town again this weekend with some well-worth-a-look expos by Mondrian, Erica Baum, Sara MacKillop, everyone's fave celeb artist Damien Hirst and a nose around 50 years of British Design.
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.
Iris van Herpen retrospective at the Groninger Museum
Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen's retrospective opened at the Groninger Museum last Friday and we were there to witness the magic.
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 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.
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