Design September

Everyone was back at work/school yesterday and the weather this past weekend definitely felt like autumn. Holidays may be over, but this is actually my favorite time of year – a new season, cooler days and lots of great things going on in Brussels! The September calendar seems to be particularly full, so I’ll do my best to keep up and hopefully will be blogging a bit more often than I did over the summer (look it’s Tuesday and I’m already posting! :))

And there’s something right up my alley to start things off in September – a whole month of design!

Design September, now in its sixth year, serves as a platform for more than 100 events with Belgian and international designers taking place around the city. The schedule includes workshops, exhibitions, lectures and pop-up stores around a wide range of disciplines such as furniture design, architecture, jewelry creation, and graphic and textile design. You can see the full program here or check out the helpful list from Agenda Magazine of their top picks to see during the month.

One of the highlights for me is the Brussels Design Market taking place this weekend at Tour & Taxis (86c avenue du Port). With an emphasis on items dating from the 50s to the early 80s, the event is one of the largest 20th century design markets with vendors from across Europe.

Saturday 8 September is a preview day targeted at collectors (admission €20), while Sunday 9 September is for the general public (admission €5 or free if you register online in advance). There will be both rare items and more affordable ones on offer, including furniture and decorative pieces from Eames, Panton, Knoll, Bertoia and other European and American furniture designers. On Sunday the market will also include a sale of vintage cars, scooters, motorcycles and bikes. Breakfast and drinks will be on offer as well.

If art is more your thing, the annual Brussels Art Days will also take place this weekend. Now in its fifth year, this event gathers together over 35 contemporary art galleries from around the city for special exhibitions from 7 to 9 September. There will even be a shuttle service on Saturday to allow visitors to easily move from one location to the other.

So here’s to a great September, full of art and design, and much more of course (not to worry, Foodie Fridays will continue. A girl has to eat). Now I just have to get busy typing!

P.S. And don’t miss the Accessible Art Fair coming to Brussels later this month (21-23 September). Stay tuned for more details soon!

Images via Design September, Brussels Design Market and Brussels Art Days.

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