This is Uptown Design 2016

This is Uptown Design 2016

Wednesday the 14th of september I attended Uptown Design in Brussels. You can read about Uptown Design over here. I was invited by Okiko  in The Hotel  where amazing designer items were exhibited to the public.  I was so impressed by the beautiful entrance of The Hotel, I had never been there before. It sure is an impressive building, the view from the highest floor must be amazing. The Uptown Design tour consists of different shops and hotels, designers get the chance to show their work! Read on if you want to know more. 



the hotel brussels

Entrance hall


We were welcomed with an aperitif and some mini appetizers in the lounge bar and felt very welcome.  I took some time to look around. The Delvaux collection which is displayed in the hotel immediately caught my attention. I even forgot that I was in Brussels because I was invited for Uptown Design, I just wanted to discover all the treasures of this hotel. The dining room was as impressive as the lounge bar, this is one of the places where I would love to eat every single day. You get the point, I loved the hotel.  And hey, I discovered something very funny. I would normally never talk about the toilet of a hotel but look what is written on the mirror:  “Men to the left because women are always right”.


The Hotel Brussels

the hotel brussels



The Hotel Brussels


My boyfriend and I waited for somebody to give us more information about the work, I think they didn’t notice us. I was the the lady in the corner who was drinking too much champagne. That could of course be the reason haha. 🙂   I have never been to Uptown Design before so I did not really understand what we had to do. We decided to discover the things by ourselves. At that moment I noticed the work of Okiko in the entrance hall, if you have some time check out their website. Their lightbox is a true beauty.

We went for a walk and saw people entering a certain shop, we decided to give it a try and entered  Christofle which is one of the participating places of Uptown Design. The lovely lady from Christofle gave us more information on Uptown Design and that was when I had one of those ‘Aha moments’. Apparently we needed a map with the participating places, there was not much time left to discover every single shop so we stayed some time at Christofle to discover the items. Next time I visit Uptown Design I will take some more time to discover the designers, I definitely wanted to visit Sarah Josis, Natan and Manalys.






I had a great evening, even though we did not know what to do in the beginning, I enjoyed it. 

You can visit Uptown Design until the first of October.

A special thanks goes out to Okiko,

thanks for the nice invitation!


Elien is a Belgian freelancer, social media manager and content creator. She loves photography, healthy food, reading magazines and – of course – blogging and travelling ♥︎


  1. September 18, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    it looks incredible, i envy your photography it’s really good 🙂

  2. September 18, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    Mooie foto’s heb je gemaakt, lijkt me een supertof event!

  3. September 18, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Everything looks so beautiful! I’m especially in love with the ceiling in the entrance hall 😍

  4. September 18, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Beautiful place and the light art by Okiko looks incredible. Lovely post!

  5. September 19, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    I fancy the toilet so much! We are always right!
    P.S. I would drink champagne in the corner too, it’s great that they allow you to wander around and discover things!

  6. September 19, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    What a lovely event! And there’s nothing like drinking champagne in beautiful environment 🙂
    Btw glad I found ur blog, so far I only knew u from IG cuz I want to study in Leuven next year :))

  7. September 19, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    looks gorgeous! Love the photos!

  8. September 21, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Leuk artikel heb je geschreven! De foto’s zijn super mooi!


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