Collectible: summary of the first edition of the Brussels design fair
The first edition of COLLECTIBLE, the international exhibition dedicated exclusively to 21st-century contemporary collectible design, was successfully launched!
The unique format of this event enabled exhibitors to enrich their professional networks, develop their visibility and new partnerships and increase their salesto Belgian and international customers from Europe, the United States, India, Asia, Latin America and Russia.
The success of this first edition is indicative of the significant growth of this sector and the relevance of a fair devoted exclusively to contemporary collectible design in Brussels.
Founders Clélie Debehault and Liv Vaisberg are happy to announce that COLLECTIBLEwill return to Brussels for a second edition in March 2019.
COLLECTIBLE by the numbers:
From 7 March to 11 March 2018, the fair welcomed 10,000 visitors in total (including 3,000 during the opening) among which numerous Belgian and international collectors, curators, professionals and design lovers came to discover unique pieces and limited editions presented by 72 exhibitors: galleries, designers, cultural institutions, magazines and partner companies.
1 4600 m2 location over 6 levels, linked to design since its creation: Espace Vanderborght in the heart of Brussels.
1 original and graphic scenographic intervention by the Belgian artist Richard Venlet.
1 selection committee composed of 4 renowned personalities from the design world:
Jan Boelen, Artistic Director of Art Centre Z33 in Hasselt and atelier LUMA in Arles, Curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial and Director of the Social Design department at the Design Academy in Eindhoven
Tony Chambers, Brand and Content Director, Wallpaper* Magazine
Maria Cristina Didero, Independent Curator and Writer
Pascale Mussard, Artistic Director Hermès / petit h
4 talks, an afternoon of dialogue and exchange around design organised by the Centre d’Innovation et de Design (CID) in Grand-Hornu. The following took part:
Keren Detton, Director of FRAC in dialogue with the artist Florence Doléac and Evelien Bracke, curator at Design Museum Gent
Arnaud Bozzini, Director of ADAM - Brussels Design Museum
Katrien Laporte, Director of Design Museum Gent
Marie Pok, Director of CID, in dialogue with the designer Benoît Deneufbourg
1 exclusive VIP program that included:
Visit to Axel Vervoordt’s new Kanaal foundation
Dinner in Lionel Jadot's new space in Zaventem
Visit to Thomas Lerooy’s house by architect David van Severen
Cocktails in the atelier of Pol Quadens and Xavier Lust
Visit to the studio of Michael Young
Cocktail at the Horta Museum with Pierre Bonnefille
120 articles in the Belgian and international press
"We were delighted to take part in the inaugural Collectible fair. The organisers; Liv and Clélie, had set out to create a stimulating and fresh contemporary design fair with Collectible and that is exactly what happened. There was an intelligent curation of galleries and independent designers and an engaged and responsive audience of sophisticated collectors and tastemakers. This is the kind of platform that will instil fresh energy and enthusiasm into the collectible contemporary design market and I can only see good things coming from it. We are looking forward to next year already."
- Modern Design review
"MANIERA was very happy to be part of the first edition of Collectible. Perfect building, even better thanks to the smart intervention by Richard Venlet, meticulous organization, and a lot of interesting visitors straight from the art world, ready to discover collectible design!"
“In one edition, Collectible has become the BEACON missing from the island of collectible design!”
- Lionel Jadot
“A fair entirely dedicated to 21st-century artistic and collectible design such as Collectible was much awaited on the international scene. More than a fair, it is a meeting place for galleries, creators, media..., a platform open to visitors and collectors who have the courage to invest both in the field of contemporary art and design. Brussels has this ‘genius loci’ that other cities or capitals do not have, and that is why it is ideal for such an event, at the crossroads of Europe and the world, just before TEFAF in Maastricht.”
- Lise Coirier, Spazio Nobile
"Collectible est un événement unique de très haut niveau, et aussi le lieu idéal pour chasser les designers émergents qui seront peut-être les stars de demain."
- Jean-François Declercq, Atelier Jespers
“A magical place, a beautiful organisation, a remarkable selection of exhibitors and a large public of connoisseurs for a very successful first edition of Collectible Brussels. In one word... Bravo to Liv Vaisberg and Clélie Debehault.”
- Maison Armand Jonckers