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We Are The Next Generation

Discover the Belgian designers of tomorrow.

Exhibition design and graphics by Ship of Fools, with the support of Beelite Europal.

The exhibition WE ARE THE NEXT GENERATION is the moment to get to know the next generation of designers and the themes that keep them awake. From architecture for the future to AR in gaming and from innovative product design to stunning graphic design.

With the exhibition, Designregio Kortrijk and its partners Howest, city of Kortrijk, Biennale Interieur, Intercommunal Leiedal and Voka West-Flanders have been showing the best student projects from Belgian creative design education every year since 2014.

CIRCULAIR ONTWERP

We take up the challenge of organising the exhibition as sustainably and circularly as possible. For this we work together with partner Beelite. With this exhibition we want to show that their honeycomb cardboard as an eco-material offers a lot of possibilities for designers. After the exhibition, the material will be recycled and reprocessed. Find out more about this material in Hangar K, where a Circular Travelling Experience Lab was built.

JURY

Via an open call, students from Belgian universities and colleges of higher education were able to submit their project for selection within the Architecture of Interior, Buildings, Public Space and Landscapes; Multimedia Design (games, web & graphic design) and Product Design (industrial product design, textile/fashion/accessories, furniture design) programmes. We received 190 entries. Three advisory committees were brought together to give advice on the projects submitted, with the following criteria:

  • social relevance
  • the innovative character
  • the sustainability and
  • the exposability of the project.

42 projects were selected. 

The advisory committees:

ARCHITECTURE: Adèle Berault, International Cooperation Officer for Lille Metropole 2020, World Design Capital; Hera Van Sande, JUNO architects and artistic director Archipel; Maarten Gheysen, urban designer Studio UAD; Marie-Amélie Cnockaert, urban design architect; Tine Poot, Consultant Design Flemish Architecture Institute; Lennert Gavel and Thomas De Ben, Design & Art direction Ship of Fools.

MULTIMEDIA: Adèle Berault, International Cooperation Officer for Lille Metropole 2020, World Design Capital; Dave Van de Maele, Member of the Game Fund Advisory Committee for Serious Games; Guy Van Wijmeersch Director Innovation and Design Barco; Lennert Gavel and Thomas De Ben, Design & Art direction Ship of Fools; Vincent Vanderbeck, chief catalyst Hangar K.

PRODUCT: Adèle Berault, International Cooperation Officer for Lille Metropole 2020, World Design Capital; Bie Luyssaert, Head of Service Public Activities and Communication Design Museum Ghent; Dieter Van Den Storm, Creative Director Interior Biennale; Giel Dedeurwaerder product designer Giel Dedeurwaerder Design Office; Guy Van Wijmeersch Director Innovation and Design Barco; Hanne Debaere, Project Manager Advice Fashion&Design Flanders DC; Lennert Gavel and Thomas De Ben, Design & Art direction Ship of Fools; Vincent Vanderbeck, chief catalyst Hangar K.

WONDER

WE ARE THE NEXT GENERATION was part of WONDER - Kortrijk Creativity Festival this year. The festival was to take place from October 15 to November 15 but had to close its doors from October 28 in line with the stricter corona measures. WONDER itself does not restart.

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