Friday, November 21, 2008
As every 2 years the biennale for creativity in the little city of Kortrijk, Belgium took place on October 17-26.
big brands such moooi , Alessi , Bonaldo Spa, aside to small talented companies and young designers
No less than 95.000 visitors. An increasingly international and professional interest. On Sunday evening, THE INTERIEUR 08 Biennale in Kortrijk Xpo closed its doors after a highly successful 21st edition.
Interior design lovers turned up in droves at Kortrijk between 17 and 26 October, for the 21st in-ternational biennale for creativity in interior design. No less than 95.000 visitors turned up at INTERIEUR 08 to feel interior architecture and above all to experience design. What was noticeable was the growing number of professional visitors. On the opening day, which is reserved exclusively for professionals, 5% more visitors turned up compared to the jubilee edition in 2006. The number of international visitors also increased this year, with visitors from 60 different countries and more than 800 journalists from all corners of the world. Last week's headline of the Financial Times was: 'Interieur still stands out among the plethora of design fairs around the world for the quality of what is on display and for its originality of presentation'.
INTERIEUR 08 was also more spacious than ever before. Literally. With a beautiful architectural stand layout and a comprehensive programme. In addition to visiting 315 different brands, visitors to the biennale were also able to follow 25 lectures with well-known names such as professor Michael Braungart, cartoonist Joost Swarte, designer Erwan Bouroullec, architect Fabio Novembre, designer Inga Sempé, architect Minsuk Cho etc. Also unveiled and displayed were the first Belgian Design Awards 08, as an introduction to the new initiative Design at Work, which will premiere in December 2009.
The 22nd edition of the INTERIEUR biennale will take place from 15 till 24 October 2010.