(Belgium) – The event, due to be held this October, has been rescheduled for next year.
Biennale Interieur has become the latest event to postpone due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Citing “its impact on the international design world and the fair and events sector, and the challenging organisation of major events”, organisers of the event have decided to postpone the 2020 edition until the autumn of 2021.
“The impact on a large-scale, festive event with 50,000 visitors is too strong to guarantee a successful edition,” a statement from the organisers read. “What no one thought possible has become a reality in just a few weeks’ time. What initially looked like a pause has turned out to be a bigger than anticipated reset.”
Jo Libeer, CEO of Biennale Interieur added: “The impact of the Coronavirus is immense. Uncertainty reigns and investments big and small are being postponed. As an organisation, we have to take up responsibility both towards our exhibitors as towards our visitors.”
The event, scheduled to take place from 22-26 October in Kortrijk, Belgium, will now be held from 21-25 October 2021.
Although the event has been postponed, Biennale Interieur will still, for the 15th time, honour and select a Belgian designer of the year. This prize will be awarded in the autumn, in collaboration with Knack Weekend and Le Vif Weekend.
Libeer is also hopeful that despite having to postpone the event, Biennale Interieur will return stronger in 2021. “We know the market through and through, and our team stays informed and up to date on a daily basis, staying in contact with international furniture manufacturers, leading designers and thought leaders. We cannot ignore the signals that reach us, and will deal with the situation in a flexible, open way.
“We remain hopeful for the future and will use this extra year to work on a strong, content-driven event for 2021.”