Once in a while we take on shorter or longer trips - as individuals as well as an office - in order to take some distance from the everyday and broaden our (understanding of) references - or actually visit them! This is our first travel post and it's about our spending one week in Belgium earlier this fall.
Day 1 - Borgloon & Hasselt
Not more than an hour car ride from Brussels lies the Z33 open-air art project that runs until 2016. The weather was cloudy but pleasant and we had the chance to visit those beautiful structures in the flemish landscape. The "Reading Between the Lines" project is a church made out hundreds of weathered steel plates and we immediately declared it as the most spiritual place we'd ever been - and, trust me, we've been to loads of churches back in Greece... We also visited the Aeneas Wilder circular wooden arcade and then headed for the tree tent camp next to the castle of Hex which is available to spend one or more night during summer. We then drove to Hasselt where the Z33 gallery is located and paid a visit to the current exhibition before we warmed ourselves with an big noodle soup!
Day 3 - Brussels
We met up with our friend Emilios who's currently living in town and took him to a place that all of his local friends (we bumped on a lot of them during our walk) had heard of but no one had ever been to. Parking 58 is a ten storey car park building in the very centre of the city that offers amazing views from the terrace on the top. And guess what: you don't have to have your car there to access!
Day 5 - Kortrijk & Biennale Interieur
The Biennale Interieur is a really big interior design fair held in the Xpo premises outside the town of Kortrijk. There we teamed up with our new clients from Orama Minimal Frames that were exhibiting there and we were happy to see our design work being exposed to the european audience. We also explored the rest of the exhibition where, among others, had the chance to create a unique cover for the Belgian Design Association journal using a pen router.
Day 6 - European Commission
We only had a glimpse of what the Eurodistrict feels like by entering the Permanent Representation of Greece building. Please, someone confirm it was Andreas Angelidakis' models that decorated the otherwise dull lobby!
We have to be honest. We didn't see the Manneken Pis and we didn't visit the Atomium. We didn't even see the Horta Museum even though we tried (don't trust Brussels on a Monday). But we did have great walks and sat at nice cafes - good coffee not included - and we'd like to thank our new collaborator Georgia Saltouridou. We owe her a bunch of city tips (any plans for Mexico City??)