Join MAD for a week of workshops at Domaine de Boisbuchet!

MAD Brussels

MAD Brussels offers the opportunity for 3 designers to participate in the Boisbuchet workshops for one week, from July 29 to August 2, 2024!

Each summer, the Domaine de Boisbuchet invites international architects and designers to lead a one-week workshop in a beautiful estate in southwestern France. During the workshop week, participants discover the techniques of inspiring designers and exchange ideas with passionate individuals.

This year, MAD Brussels is taking 10 Brussels-based designers from the fashion and/or design sectors to Boisbuchet. Two spots are still available for the Nature Back to Nature workshop by Colombian designer Francisco Jamarillo from studio Fango, and one spot for the Designing Disappearance workshop by the duo BLESS. Interested in participating? Submit your application now!



Nature Back to Nature with Francisco Jamarillo (CO)  

Francisco Jaramillo, a Colombian designer born in Medellin in 1987, works at the intersection of art and design. He addresses contemporary issues such as the environmental crisis and the disappearance of traditional crafts, using local materials and techniques to respond to social challenges in Colombia and South America. A graduate of the Elisava School in Barcelona in 2014, he founded Fango, a design studio, in 2017. The studio combines technology and craftsmanship to create unique pieces rooted in tradition and innovation. 

The Nature Back to Nature workshop questions our relationship with nature as designers. While the choice of materials is one of the most important factors in design, understanding their extraction has become crucial. As we have always created to serve humanity, how can we now give something back to nature? This workshop offers a week of creation with nature and for nature. The starting point will be the Boisbuchet environment: how can we reward the surrounding ecosystem and reassess our relationship with nature? By considering each place we inhabit, we will seek a sustainable improvement of its context, beginning with observation, then attempting to connect, identifying means and materials for interventions, and finally building our contributions to this territory.



Designing disappearance with BLESS (DE)

BLESS is a studio founded in 1997 by Ines Kaag in Berlin and Desiree Heiss in Paris. Their unique approach transcends traditional categories of design and applied arts, combining fashion, art, design, and architecture. They work independently, often in collaboration with friends, clients, and other contributors.

Their creations, inspired by personal needs, aim to enhance everyday simplicity and comfort while exploring innovative visions. BLESS effortlessly navigates between functional and conceptual domains, rejecting any predefined classification. Their fluid and contemporary approach positions them as creators of unique experiences.

The Designing disappearance workshop focuses on the possibility of making unpleasant things disappear—not by magic, but through tangible strategies and various approaches such as conversion, covering, painting, concealment, digestion, storage, elimination, distraction tactics, and more. What disappears could be an unsightly view or something obstructive; pollution, excess, nuisances, or other annoyances. The creations can address problems in the private or professional sphere, in society, or in the environment. The starting point is the place where we are and the moment in which we live.


Practical Information for the Workshop Week

  • Departure from Brussels Midi in the morning on Sunday, July 28, 2023 at 10:43.

  • Arrival at the Domaine de Boisbuchet in France in the early evening on Sunday, July 28, 2024.

  • The workshops will take place from Monday, July 29, to Friday, August 2, 2024, in the evening. A presentation of all the projects from the week will occur on Friday afternoon. You will receive a detailed daily schedule upon your arrival.

  • Throughout the week, there will be multiple evenings where you can attend conferences hosted by the present designers and studios.

  • Departure from Boisbuchet back to Brussels is planned for the morning of Saturday, August 3, 2024, with an arrival at Brussels Midi scheduled for 17:17.

  • Accommodation, workshop week, and transportation are provided by MAD Brussels. Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners throughout the stay are included.


selection criteria

  • To be based in the Brussels-Capital Region
  • To be a designer working in the fashion or design industries



You can submit your application by filling out the form. Additionally, you must upload your CV/portfolio, as the selection process is based on these two documents.



Start of the open call: Monday, June 10, 2024

End of the open call: Sunday, June 30, 2024 (23:59)

MAD Brussels will announce the 3 selected profiles on Monday, July 1, 2024.



For any inquiries regarding this call for applications, please contact Adeline Faveau: