Designregio Kortrijk invites recent design graduates from the various creative disciplines to apply for its Designers in Residence Kortrijk programme. During a working residence of 3 months (September to December), the three selected designers from Belgium and overseas will be offered a unique opportunity to work together on various themes.

Designers in Residence Kortrijk 2018

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For the fifth time, the selected designers will have the unique opportunity to develop an experimental concept for the future of space(s), through confrontation between citizens, society, entrepreneurs and education in regions such as Kortrijk.

Our 3 international designers introduce themselves to you:

Jasna Dimitrovska, °1983
Berlin, Germany

"I am a designer and an artist working with both tangible and intangible media. I love writing technology and science, 'what if' scenarios based on research and mapping out the designs to their finest detail. I also have a passion for Neo-futuristic designs and augmented reality applications.
As an artist I build tangible models, prototypes and cultural probes in order to investigate the meaning of human interaction with digital objects. At the moment, my challenge is the non-human factor of materiality where various materials and media are connected in a system that needs to meet large number or parameters and protocols.


photo by Dahahm Choi

Kazumasa Takada, °1991
Copenhagen, Denmark

"I am an architect born in Japan and based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
I co-founded an architectural design studio PAN-PROJECTS in Copenhagen and have worked on several projects around Europe and Japan. I conceive architecture as a creation formed by fabrication of social elements and I develop my work based on this concept. My projects are featured with the process of reinterpretation of each unique characteristic of the places, and reconstruct the relationships of elements to fabricate my works.
My representative works include Paper Pavilion (Denmark, 2017), Infinite Field (Japan, 2016)."

Jaenam Lim, °1987
London, United Kingdom

"I am a Spatial Designer based in London, graduated from The Royal College of Art in Interior Architecture. I enjoy thinking about various aspects of interiors within an urban context and I am interested in creating immersive spaces that blur conventional spatial boundaries.
Making physical objects is one of my favorite methods in my design process to bring conceptual ideas into the real world."

Do you want to receive more information, or are you interested in meeting the designers during their residency?
Contact Lise Van Tendeloo

Designers in Residence Kortrijk 2017
For the fourth time, the three selected designers have the unique opportunity to work together on exploring social transformation through confrontation between citizens, society, entrepreneurs and education in regions such as Kortrijk.

Déborah Janssens (FRANCE - °91, portfolio) is a young artist-designer born and based in Paris, France. After graduating in Object Design, she moved to ethnology studies and decided to bound all her interests in a master degree in Social Design. She likes to imagine and create surrealistic installations and performative situations that enhance the extra-ordinary within our everyday life.

Sahil Thappa (INDIA - °90, portfolio) is a Mechanical Engineer and an Industrial Designer. He is interested in looking at ways to make design more democratic, open, sustainable and collaborative. He has been working with digital fabrication as well as traditional tools and explored different materials, processes and platforms. He has been practicing design thinking and system thinking for the past 2 years, has done several workshops and also helped set up design thinking driven Makerspaces in a few schools in India.

Maria Pita Guerreiro (PORTUGAL - °91, portfolio) is a designer based in Lisbon, Portugal. Maria’s work explores multiple design aspects. She's interested in working with different materials, textures, and perspectives. She has been active in the art community by participating in several exhibitions, design fairs and design residencies all over Europe, highlighting Bauhaus IKEA in Dessau and recently Salone del Mobile in Milan. During her time in Lisbon, she worked in many studios as a designer whilst running her co-founded Studio ojoaoeamaria.

The Buda Island in Kortrijk (Belgium) is the focal point for a fascinating community of creative individuals, companies, cultural organizations, creative teaching as well as end-users. The aim is to connect with the local maker industry, largely embedded in the region and local producers in a contemporary way.
The Budafabriek and Budalab Open Makerspace are the inspirational locations where they will create, work and live.
Budalab is a public workspace where designers, makers, children, individuals, students and schools can create, take workshops, meet, challenge and inspire each other. Through a wide range of analogue and digital equipment, we bring people together from different sectors and disciplines to make synergies.

Discover the experiences of the Designers in Residence Kortrijk 2016 here.

Discover the experiences of the Designers in Residence Kortrijk 2015 here.

Discover the experiences of the Designers in Residence Kortrijk 2014 here.