If any fair is going to give Milan a run for its money in terms of a passion for high-end design and downright coolness, it's Belgian Design Biennale Interieur. Since its first edition in 1968, the Kortrijk-based show has consistently upped the ante in the design-exhibition world and Interieur 2010 is no different. Here's a taste of what's in store.
1968 will be forever associated with a rapidly shifting political and social landscape in the West. This was also the year that the first Design Biennale Interieur was held in Kortrijk, Belgium, which is somehow fitting, given the event's commitment from the start to the cultural significance of design, beyond its commercial value. 2010 sees the presentation of the design fair's 22nd edition, and its theme this time round, 'The New World', proves that Kortrijk, in its future-gazing, is still taking an interrogative stance.
Young Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, who studied under Kazuyo Sejima (of Pritzker Prize-winning architectural office SANAA) and who works at the interface between technology, architecture and engineering, is Interieur 2010's Guest of Honour