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Change is in the air: Biennale Interieur 2018

The latest edition of the Belgian fair features a new format and top young talent.

Café Gyproc by Julien Renault
Photos: Biennale Interieur

For the first time, the 26th Biennale has opted for a more compact and professional format for and is now running for 5 days from 18-24 October 18 in Kortrijk Xpo. The scenography in the exhibition halls is in the hands of Claudio Saccucci (IT) and Roxane Van Hoof (NL) from Studio Verter. They will create an archetypal piazza that will cross and connect several halls. Various designers, architects and artists – including Conrad Willems (BE), Adam Nathaniel Furman (UK), Chmara Ronsinke (AUT) and Arno Brandlhuber (DE) – will add unique installations.

Interieur Scenography Studio Verter
Geofood van Raams Studio

The Floor is Yours, the platform for young talent, returns to the Kortrijk Xpo. The Interior Awards were also announced yesterday. In the Spaces category, three international projects were selected: Bar Open by Matyas Molnar, Maros Somora & Christian Vajda (SK), Café Gyproc by Julien Renault (FR / BE) & Paul Vaugoyeau (FR / SW), and Geofood van Raams Studio (ES). In the Objects category, the main prize is shared by SCMP DESIGN OFFICE from France and the Belgian Bram Kerkhofs.

Bram Kerkhofs

Not only Kortrijk Xpo will accommodate the 26th Biennale Interieur. The centre of the city also does not escape the creative and surprising design talent during INTERIEUR 2018. The Interieur Festival brings a surprising selection of names and creative projects to the disused Sint-Maarten hospital.

Among others, Sabine Marcelis (NZ / NL), Harvey Bouterse (BE / SUR) and Sep Verboom (BE) are present. The creative agency DIFT gathers a selection of graphic artists under the name The New Masters, provide the abandoned hospital rooms with a striking look and feel. With the Week van het Ontwerpen, Design Region Kortrijk provides a new creative interpretation of the operation rooms. HOWEST hosts a pop-up academy for three weeks and Wilde Westen takes care of the musical note with a series of sound installations.