The Brussels Design Market

The Brussels Design Market was created in 2002 by three individuals passionate about vintage design,
one of whom, Thierry Belenger, is still in charge of the organisation today

French ceramist Georges Pelletier is the guest of honour at the 25th edition.

French ceramist Georges Pelletier is the guest of honour at the 25th edition.

©Megane Fontaine

©Megane Fontaine

©Megane Fontaine

©Megane Fontaine

Brussels Design Market has evolved a lot and is now the largest market devoted to vintage design in Europe. Since 2002 it has quickly become one of the must-attend events of the international design sector. These are a few of the important dates over the years:

2002. The first edition takes place over one day and is held outside in tents on the place Saint-Lambert in Woluwe. There are around 30 Belgian exhibitors with only three or four vendors from the Netherlands and Germany.

2010. Eight years after its creation, the Market moved to the Maritime Station of Tour & Taxis. This allows vendors to bring their vehicles directly to the site to unload, and it became a two day event with dealers from all over Europe attending. The event now takes place twice a year, in April and September, both with 80 exhibitors.

September 2016. The Market moves once again to the exhibition halls of Tour & Taxis. where 8,000 square metres is designated to 20th-century design! This change allows the event to evolve in a positive way as the exhibition halls now have two distinct ‘atmospheres’. The first, called ‘Expo’, is equipped with carpets, partition walls, and electricity. Exhibitor’s have stands to showcase their merchandise.
The second hall is called ‘Market’ and retains the original concept of the first edition, visitors can browse products displayed directly on the floor.

September 2017. Thematic exhibitions are now organised for each edition and they show- case designers whose past successes are still as coveted today. In September 2017, pieces by the Belgian ceramicists Piet Stockmans and Pierre Culot were presented.

March 2018. In March this year the exhibition was dedicated to the iconic cabinet ‘Amsterdammer’ designed by Aldo Van den Nieuwlaar. This exhibition was organised in collaboration with the design producer Pastoe and Diito, the Brussels-based design gallery and showroom.

THE 25TH EDITION - Over 100 exhibitors will attend and around 7,000 visitors are expected. Over the years, the selection of merchandise has also increased. Arriving from all over Europe, the dealers present an eclectic collection, bringing together multiple styles and trends that have impacted the 20th century. Visitors discover original and iconic pieces from Italian, French, American, and Scandinavian design created by the biggest names in the history of design.

Sottsass, Le Corbusier, Eames, or Jacobsen and Panton to name just a few. Alongside these icons, the Market also offers anonymous and French ceramist Georges Pelletier is the guest of honour at the 25th edition exclusive design pieces at affordable prices.

For the 25th edition an exhibition will be dedicated to the French ceramist Georges Pel- letier – who will also be the guest of honour. Now an internationally renowned artist, he was born in Brussels and will celebrate his 80th birthday this October. So this is a great opportunity to showcase his work, in Brussels! His luminaires, his totems, and his atypical mirrors are all easily recognisable as unique sculptural pieces and recently, enthusiasm for Pelletier’s creations from the 1960s and 1970s has arisen due to vendors and decorators who are honouring his work. He continues to create new pieces today, but also reproduces with passion his successes of the 1960s.

An Italian Design exhibition will present some of the rarest icons of Italian design, from the 1960s to the 1980s. Studios such as Archizoom, Superstudio, Alchymia and Memphis, and designers such as Andrea Branzi, Ettore Sottsass, and Joe Colombo developed a radical new vision of design and society.
Elements of the mythical and revolutionary exhibition ‘Italy: The New Domestic Landscape’, organised by Emilio Ambasz at MoMa in 1972, will be presented. This was a cult exhibition that highlighted the dynamic and radical con- text in which Italian design and architecture of the 1970s evolved.

So don’t miss this edition! The most serious dealers and designers are invited to get there first, while the exhibitors unpack on Friday morning, to track down the rarest design objects! The Preview is on Friday 28th September from 8am.

And finally a tip for visitors... entry costs 25 euros on Saturday and 10 euros on Sunday, but if you register on the website before 10th September you can get your ticket for free!

Shed 3 and 4 of Tour & Taxis, 86c Avenue du Port, 1000 Brussels.
Saturday - Sunday 29-30 September 2018
Trade Preview: Friday 8am onwards
Public Opening Times: Satruday 12 noon - 6pm, Sunday 9am -5pm

Woo Gilchrist