The board of the international Biennale Interieur announces the appointment of Jo Libeer as CEO. Jo Libeer was already involved in the Interieur Foundation and will now also take the operational end responsibility for the Biennale Interieur. He will take up his new role from July 1st 2015.
"The Biennale Interieur, founded in 1967, will celebrate it silver jubilee in 2016. Because it is our ambition to make the 25th edition a benchmark for the future of Interieur, we expand and strengthen the team. Libeer's knowledge of the economic field and his track-record in project management will benefit the Biennale. Through the repositioning of the Biennale in the recent editions and the better economic prospects, we intend to create an optimistic, clear and participative edition for all the participants of INTERIEUR 2016," says president Lowie Vermeersch.
Jo Libeer will continue to be managing director of Voka - Flanders' Chamber of Commerce and Industry - until the end of June. Earlier this year Libeer announced that he would leave Voka after 32 years to work on projects at the crossroads of culture and commerce.
"The international Biennale Interieur is the first project situated at those crossroads. It is a place where artistic creation, product development and industrial production meet, an ecosystem of reflection on living and a quest for the avant-garde of contemporary living. It is also a place to discover the best in the field of international interior design and creativity, because of the Biennale's rigorous exhibitor selection. I am looking forward to work within this fascinating environment," says Jo Libeer.
Biennale Interieur, initiator of Designer of the Year, unites forces with Belgium is Design and various partners for CONFRONTING THE MASTERS, an exhibition on the winners of the past ten years during Milan Design Week from April 14th-19th.
Alain Berteau, Sylvain Willenz, Nathalie Dewez, Alain Gilles, Stefan Schöning, Bram Boo, Nedda El-Asmar, Jean-François d’Or, Marina Bautier and Muller Van Severen, the 2015 winners, will show recent creations presented in a scenography by Danny Venlet at the prestigious Sala Napoleonica of the Accademia di Brera in the heart of Milan.
At the past edition of the Biennale Interieur in October 2014, the then 9 Designers of the Year were brought together to show their latest creations, which proved to be a successful formula to put Belgian talent and innovative brands in the spotlight. In the CONFRONTING THE MASTERS exhibition, Muller Van Severen joins the ranks. The promising duo was given an international platform as one of seven central guests at INTERIEUR 2012. In the meantime their work is being exhibited and recognised in galleries and museums worldwide.
CONFRONTING THE MASTERS
10 years Designer of the year
Accademia di Belle arti di Brera
Via Brera, 28
Milan Design Week 2015
14-19 April 2015
Everyday, 10.30 am – 8.30 p.m
Organisation & further info
Belgium is Design - www.belgiumisdesign.be
The CONFRONTING THE MASTERS exhibition by Belgium is Design is a project by Design Flanders, Wallonia-Brussels Design Mode, MAD Brussels, Wallonia Invest & Export and Brussels Invest & Expo. 'Designer of the Year' is an initiative by Biennale Interieur npo and the magazines Knack Weekend and Le Vif Weekend and is supported by Design Museum Gent, Innovation and Design Centre in Grand-Hornu and Bozar.