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The Belgian factory in Milan
Held in a disused building in the town of Baranzate, near Milan, over six days from 6 to 12 June, the Italian version of Zaventem Ateliers allowed 16 Belgian designers to present their work, a real best of the different worlds and professions (designers, artists, craftspeople, furniture designers, lighting designers, exceptional knives, etc.) assembled since 2019 in a unique creative hub.
With 3,000 square metres, 16 artists and collectives, two galleries and four guest artists and 5,000 visitors in seven days, it is difficult to talk about Baranzate Ateliers without using ‘superlatives’. The other option is to listen to the designers use the word ‘family’ about this project initiated by Lionel Jadot, first in Zaventem, then, on a temporary basis, in a disused industrial building in Baranzate, the former Necchi factory. Like the collaborative spirit of the creative hub in place at the gates of Brussels for three years, the Milan project allowed designers to present their own work, as well as develop synergies, some of them already initiated in Belgium, which this exceptional meeting relayed on social networks and through the Belgian, Italian and international media made even more important. Buyers immediately embraced the energy generated by the collective. Some, like Arno Declercq, designer, art dealer and furniture designer, sold all the items they presented in Milan.