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BRUSSELS DESIGN MARKET - Jules Wabbes, 100th anniversary exhibition

From 28/09/2019 to 29/09/2019

Ever since its creation in 2002, the Brussels Design Market has evolved into the « the largest design market in Europe ». This event, that takes place twice a year (March and September), has become one of the main events in the international vintage design calendar. Maintaining its particular atmosphere that charac- terizes flea markets, the Brussels Design Market has continued to increase qualitatively and attracting more and more visitors every years. Dealers, collectors, professionals and amateurs from all over Europe, come together in Brussels to search for fabulous vintage items, designed in the last century. Visitors can discover original and iconic pieces from Ita- lian, French, American, and Scandinavian designers. These are created by the biggest names in the history of design, such as Sottsass, Le Corbusier, Eames, or Jacobsen and Panton. Between the purchase of well know designers and anonymous ones, visitors can enjoy a coffee break or a lunch break with the original food trucks in place. To finish off, this event takes place in the historical frame of Tour & Taxis’ halls, the industrial building that welco- mes the biggest cultural events of Brussels. Brussels Design Market is happy to announce that the thematic exhibition of this edition will will be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Jules Wabbes. This is unquestionably the emblematic figure of Belgian design from the 50s to the 70s. Jules Wabbes is mainly known for his office furniture design, which has equipped the premises of the famous public and private institutions of his time: the headquarters of the Glaverbel, the Générale de Banque (now BNP Parisbas Fortis), or the Foncolin. Little-known to the general public, his work was nevertheless acclaimed by international critics. In 1960, his ingenuity and his love for the beauty of materials and pure lines were rewarded with a gold medal at the famous Triennale of Milan. This exhibition will unveil rare pieces of his production, thanks to the valuable collaboration of Marie Ferran-Wabbes.