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.

For the fourth time, Designregio Kortrijk invites recent design graduates from the various creative disciplines for the Designers in Residence Kortrijk program 2017. During a working residence of 3 months (September to December 2017), 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.

For more information, please contact Lise Van Tendeloo, lise@designregio-kortrijk.be or 0032 56 51 91 83.

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.

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