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Biennale Interieur 2018

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    Biennale Interieur 2018
    18.10.2018 - 22.10.2018

Thursday 31st May 2018 - This year marks the 50th anniversary of Biennale Interieur, one of Europe’s must-visit design events, promising an array of contemporary design and interior innovations for professionals and the general public alike. Founded in 1968, the Biennale was entirely rooted in the reigning ideas of that time: challenging tradition, looking for innovation and taking a stand. 2018 will see a shake up in the event format, taking place over five days instead of ten from 18 – 22 September and a return to ground-breaking design.

Biennale Interieur’s emerging designer platform, The Floor is Yours, returns for 2018. The initiative offers a platform for young designers, new studios, creative collaborations and educational institutions. Participants are challenged to shape their part of 'the floor' in a surprising and innovative way. Designers for this year include Belgian talents such as Atelier Pirate, Freek Steyaert, HOWEST, Bulvar and Pushcollection.

The Interieur Awards allows emerging designers to present their ideas to a large and professional audience. Divided into two categories, objects and spaces, the competition offers the opportunity to test new objects and architectural concepts respectively. Each year the jury consists of leading industry, designers and design critics and this year was no exception with Patrizia Moroso (IT), designers Sebastian Herkner (DE), Alain Gilles (BE) and Dimitri Bähler (CH), journalist Tom Morris (UK), and architects Glenn Sestig (BE) and Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture (USA).

Three winners were shortlisted for the spaces category. Belgian and Swedish duo Julien Renault & Paul Vaugoyeau will create Café Gyproc, inspired by a traditional ‘café terrasse’.scn Valencia-based Raams Studio will create Geofood, a concept centred on a typical white Spanish cave house and looking at how people used to live, work and forage together. Inspired by the earliest architectural structures, the bar will be characterized by rounded, handcrafted shapes using recyclable materials Finally, Belgian designers Matyas Molnar, Maros Somora and Christian Vajda will showcase Bar Open. Hidden by tall black walls, the sound and scent of food will invite people to take a peek inside Bar Open, playing with shape, height and visibility.

The objects category received over 100 submissions and features designers from 17 countries. The first prize is shared by Belgian entry Coil, an ingenious and smart shelving system designed by Bram Kerkhofs and the French design agency SCMP for their Runway lamp.

The scenography of Biennale Interieur has always been the central component of the fair, in previous years this has played with the idea of 'the city' in which the large spaces of the expo were compared with Parisian boulevards or the residential blocks of Manhattan. Studio Verter’s Claudio Saccucci and Roxane Van Hoof were commissioned to design the interior layout for 2018 and have chosen to draw inspiration from universal city archetypes that can be recognised in locations and histories all over the globe.

Within the expo of Biennale Interieur 2018 a central piazza, the heart of a city and a common place to come together, will structure and characterise the spaces. Thanks to the delineated character of the space - an open square surrounded by a 'city wall' and lined by 'streets' - it will contrast with the surrounding booths.

Biennale Interieur’s archetypal city will also be characterised by the presence of objects or structures found in every city, such as a fountain, statue or kiosk. An additional four designers have been invited to develop their vision of an urban object, including Adam Nathaniel Furman, Conrad Willems, Chmara Rosinke, Maniera and Arno Brandlhuber.

Biennale Interieur will expand beyond the exhibition halls and showcase a satellite city festival. Under the title TO OBJECT, the renewed Interieur Festival guarantees a surprising and creative city programme focussed on sustainability. Exhibitions, workshops, lectures and performances are planned at various locations in the city centre.

One of the key locations for 2018 is the former AZ Groeninge Sint-Maarten hospital. In the ‘Young Talent’ segment, Sabine Marcelis will create an entrance installation, drawing on her use of new materials and different manufacturing processes. Fashion and ceramic designer Harvey Bouterse (NL) presents a Ceramic Wunderkammer, filling his empty hospital room with treasures that immerse the visitor in the world of a ceramicist. Creative branding agency DIFT presents its fourth project for the Biennale. For ‘The New Masters’ they have invited twelve artists/designers to work with the characteristic logo designed by Boudewijn Delaere.

Environment will see Sep Verboom (BE) and his studio LIVABLE collaborate with traditional communities around the world. Sep creates projects in which crafts, social engagement, design and human relations beautifully come together. The ultimate goal is a social, ecological and qualitative revolution of the traditional industries.

Elsewhere, college HoWest takes over an entire wing of the hospital as a pop-up academy and education space. Students will have classes, lectures and workshops here for the entire duration of the Biennale. Three unique faculties will exhibit how they work and what they do. Lastly, Het Wilde Westen curates the expo ‘Klinkende Stad: To Object’, gathering 6 artists who will join sound and matter in ‘sound objects’.






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