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dotsandplanes/inspiration tour #03 to france & belgium

Project: dotsandplanes tour created by Joost Vanhecke & An Michiels

A day out for a group of selected European interior designers and architects from London, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels.

A day out with dotsandplanes revolves around international networking with like-minded professionals and unique visits to cultural, commercial and gastronomic highlights in the field of architecture and design.

Programme: architectural visit Villa Cavrois (Croix, FR), company visit Limited Edition rugs (Roubaix, BE), studio visit designers Muller Van Severen (Ghent, BE), retail interior design & apero at Graanmarkt 13 (Antwerp, BE), dinner at The Jane, food by Sergio Herman & Nick Bril, interior design by Piet Boon & Studio Job (Antwerp, BE).

Full Tour #03 information

Studio visit Muller Van Severen – image credit: STØR – Piet-Albert Goethals

dotsandplanes/inspiration tour #02 to zurich

Project: dotsanplanes tour created by Joost Vanhecke & An Michiels

Custom-made tour for Designregio Kortrijk for a group of 30 Flemish entrepreneurs.
Focus on making industry, urban planning, education, design, architecture and local lifestyle

The Zurich tour included company visits to international names such as Freitag, known from the colourful bags and a production and architecture tour at the Vitra Campus in Basel. We visited eye-opening examples of urban renewal, such as the participative residential development called Kalkbreite. The group got immersed into the world of high-end printing and bespoke stationary at the Hieronymus flagship store, designed by Belgian architect Glenn Sestig and constructed by the Kortrijk-based interiors specialists Descamps. We got a closer look at two high flyers in the field of education: a meet-and-greet with Thilo Alex Bruner, Head of Master Product Design at Écal, the successful school of art and design in Lausanne and we paid a visit the campus of the renowned university ETH, which is a forerunner in the field of architecture and robotics. Last but not least we took a refreshing dip in the river Limmat, just like the locals do.

Full programme Zurich Inspiration Tour #02

dotsandplanes/european inspiration tour #01

Project: dotsandplanes tour created by Joost Vanhecke & An Michiels

European Inspiration Tour #01 by dotsandplanes took an intimate group of selected US-based interior designers and architects to Copenhagen and Switzerland from June 15th-19th 2015. The tour included selected company visits, meet-and-greets, culture, gastronomy and did not miss the momentum of Design and Art Basel.

Company visits: &tradition (DK), Dinesen (DK), Karakter (DK), Ruckstuhl (CH), USM Modular Furniture (CH)
Meet-and-greets: Made By Hand (CH), Thomas Lykke OEO Studio (CH), Norm Architects (DK)
Culture: VIP visit Design & Art Basel (CH), Vitra Design Campus (CH), Paul Klee Museum (CH)
Gastronomy: Restaurants Uformel (DK) & Höst (DK)

Review by tour participant Gin Braverman of Gin Designs Group in Papercity Magazine (US)

JJAM curators collective/everyday delights

Julia Jarvis and An Michiels of JJAM Curators Collective created a postcard book including all 46 winning designs of the Everyday Delights exhibition, which took place at Tent London in September 2010 during the London Design Festival.

JJAM Curators Collective challenged London-based designers to reinvent the classic yellow duster in a way that we never imagined before.  The project aims to use the most banal everyday object – the duster – to promote the creativity of London’s contemporary design scene.

Everyday Delights reviewed on

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