INTERSECTIONS. Belgian Design.

Jean-François D'OR - Nicolas DESTINO - Linde HERMANS


Temporary exhibition on two floors / temporary exhibition Sphere

>>> 06.09.2010-14.11.2010



Midway between sculpture and architecture, vestige of a past with a decidedly futuristic appearance and iconic emblem of Galaxy 58, the Atomium is in itself a place naturally dedicated to design. Following the Van der Meeren retrospective and the exhibition devoted to Ludic Modernism, the Atomium - on the occasion of DESIGN SEPTEMBER© - will honour contemporary design through the work of three young artists.

From September to November, INTERSECTIONS. Belgian Design will be investigating the nature of contemporary design.

The creative worlds of Nicolas Destino, Jean-François D’Or and Linde Hermans are the common threads in this in-depth exploration which goes to the heart of the universe of contemporary design. Where do they draw their inspiration from and where does this interest originate? From the prototype to the sale, what is the process of creation and production behind an object? So many questions, all of which the Intersections exhibition will answer in a manner which is both playful and educational.

The Belgian presidency of the European Union offers all cultural actors in Belgium the opportunity to explore the country’s talents. On this occasion, the Atomium is playing host to an exhibition on contemporary Belgian design, a theme which forms part of the DNA of this icon of the Brussels landscape. 

For DESIGN SEPTEMBER©,  this situation has encouraged some soul-searching. In order to reinforce its identity and not give way to dilution in a globalised sector, the festival is refocusing on a selection of projects chosen for their freshness and individuality. DESIGN SEPTEMBER© is intended to promote more specific projects, things that are not seen elsewhere and, in particular, some of the highly original and promising talents which are currently flourishing in Belgium.

The INTERSECTIONS. Belgian Design exhibition which will take place in the Atomium from 6th September to 14th November represents a key event in the schedule of the Brussels festival. It will highlight the creative approaches of three designers working in the fields of objects, furniture, urban equipment and textiles.

In order to give the public a representative taste of the three regions of the country, the selected artists are Jean-François D’Or for Brussels, Nicolas Destino for Wallonia and Linde Hermans for Flanders.  The scenography will illustrate the creative process which accompanied the birth of an object, providing an educational explanation of the path between the emergence of an idea and its concrete realisation. This approach will be brought to light by a set design consisting entirely of cardboard in accordance with the more environmentally respectful cradle-to-cradle principle. In addition, the exhibition will be documented by a catalogue recording the work of the three designers representative of their generation.

An event.

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Catalogue > available at the Atomium Shop (€15)


  • Texts: Henri Simons, Arnaud Bozzini, Jean-François D’Or, Nicolas Destino, Linde Hermans
  • Preface: Marie Pok
  • Languages: English, French, Dutch
  • 90 pages
  • 57 color pictures
  • Staging and production: 2
  • Coordination : Marceline van Cutsem
  • Graphic design: Codefrisko
  • Interviews: Barbara Coulon
  • Photos and montage: Vincent Pinckaers
  • Cardboard production: Orika
  • Environmental and sustainable design: 2 




Practical information



This exhibition is situated on two floors of the temporary exhibition Sphere.

>>> from September 6th 2010 till November 14th 2010


Opening times

Daily, from 10 am till 6pm (closure ticket office at 5.30pm)


Entrance fees

The access to the temporary exhibition is part of the visit of the Atomium and as a consequence there will be no extra costs.

> see entrance fees of the Atomium


Guided tours

> €70/guide (maximum 25 people), only on reservation (min. 2 weeks in advance)

> reed more about guided tours
> booking : Yvonne Boodts / yvonne boodts atomium be / +32 (0)2 475 47 78


How to reach us

> different packages, as well as combined tickets (transport / entrance) offer you an easy way to reach the Atomium






Press file : view here / download here (PDF / 1,2Mb)


Photos : press and media are kindly invited to send an email to our communications department to obtain login and password to download the high resolution photos on this page.



> press contact (FR & NL): Ilse de Braekeleer / info atomium be / +32 (0)2 475 47 74

> press contatc (NL & EN): Inge Van Eycken / inge vaneycken atomium be / +32 (0)479 95 05 94

> project coordinator: Arnaud Bozzini /



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