Biennale Interieur unveils line-up for Interieur Festival


This year, 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. Exhibitions, workshops, lectures and performances are planned at various locations in the city centre.

Belgian talent takes centre stage at the Interieur Festival with established and emerging names. Roel Vandebeek has had a career spanning over twenty years creating works that fuse art and industrial design. At Interieur Festival, Roel will create a substantial installation made from bricks, a development from his 2017 brick work Dubio.

Young designers Frederik Bogaerts and Jochen Sablon who make up design studio SMENT will present a new concrete bench. Product design agency Studio Achoo focusses on sustainable design and innovation, creating furniture, lighting and products and will present a new outdoor swing. Multidisciplinary designer Julien Renault and Belgian storage brand Kewlox will present a more interactive experience, creating a workshop room in which visitors will be invite to illustrate panels as part of a growing installation.

One of the key locations for 2018 is the former AZ Groeninge Sint-Maarten hospital. In the ‘Young Talent’ segment, Sabine Marcelis (NL/NZ) will create an entrance installation. Drawing on her use of new materials and different manufacturing processes, visitors will be encouraged to consider the interaction between light, materials and space.

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. Bouterse uses brutalist shapes, primitive influences and his Southern-American background as base for his intuitive, bright pieces of art.

Creative branding agency DIFT presents its fourth project for the Biennale. For ‘The New Masters’ they have invited twenty artists/designers to reinterpret the characteristics of graphic design in the design and interior sector over the past fifty years.

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 ‘Sound Art To Object’, gathering 6 artists who will join sound and matter in ‘sound objects’.

About Biennale

The Biennale Interieur npo is a non-profit organisation acting in the field of design, product development and innovation. In 1967, the founder members of the Biennale Interieur npo in Kortrijk (Belgium) were excited by the impossible. One of their aims was to put contemporary design for the home and interior innovations on display for a broad general public and not only for professionals, as was the case with most other fairs. They dreamed of creating a space and an atmosphere that did not obey the laws of traditional lay-out and stage design. The uniqueness of the concept and the increase in international outreach, turnover, number of visitors, number of exhibitors and world-renowned design brands, press articles etc., show that there was a true need for an innovative model for design as a cultural as well as a commercial entity. The first fair took place exactly 50 years ago in 1968.

Biennale Interieur

Thursday 18 – Monday 22 October 2018

Interieur Festival

Thursday 18 – 4 November 2018


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