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Interieur 08 - 21. Design Biennale in Kortrijk/Belgium

History of the Belgian Design Biennale:

The not-for-profit Interieur Foundation was set up in Kortrijk, Belgium, in 1967. Its main objective was 'the promotion of creativity in the field of contemporary design'.

The first Interieur Biennale for creative interior design took place the following year in the brand-new 'Hallen' in Kortrijk. The new venue was more than just another building for holding exhibitions, but rather a model venue: the local industry had insisted on such strict criteria that it became the most modern and up-to-date venue in Belgium at the time. The Interieur Biennale has taken place every other year since, at the same venue, called 'Kortrijk Xpo' and expanded from 1 to 6 halls (from 6,020 to 30,815 sq m).

The autonomous not-for-profit Interieur Foundation originated within the Kortrijk Chamber of Commerce, where the original offices were located. In 1989, the Interieur offices moved to a listed 19th century patrician's house in the centre of Kortrijk. A former hydrotherapy institute, it is an important building in the social history of Kortrijk.

In 1994, the Interieur Foundation received an 'honorary mention' at the European Community Design Prize, the highest distinction possible for non-commercial organisations in this, the most prestigious European-wide design prize.

The show is taking place every two years.

Find out all participants and winners of the design competition at the official  website.



 
 
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