Event

The Saint-Etienne
International Design Biennial

A unique and pioneering event

In 1998, The Saint-Etienne Regional School of Fine Arts began organizing the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial, which was to become the most eclectic of design events in France. Produced and directed by the Cité du design, with the support of private and public partners, the design biennials have since promoted the confrontation of innovations generated by schools, major design agencies, independent creators, distributors, enterprises and a wide variety of publics. The multiple exhibitions, conferences, symposiums and meetings make up a veritable laboratory of contemporary trends, providing a perspective on the thinking and questions of our time, in the light of design issues.

The Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial has never ceased to evolve and expand since its creation, concentrating on one central aim, that of democratizing design and making it accessible to the public at large, through a broad vision of the profession of design, and its multiple applications. In 2008, for its tenth anniversary, the Biennial welcomed 85,000 visitors over a period of fifteen days, including 15,000 students.

Also a media event, the Biennial welcomed 270 journalists (including 100 national and 80 international journalists) who came to comment on the exhibition stand points and to meet the designers, entrepreneurs and the representatives of public institutions.

14 years of history in posters…

Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 1998
Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 1998
Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2000
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Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2002
Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2002
Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2004
Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2004
Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2006
Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2006
Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2008
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Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2010
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Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2013
Affiche de la Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2013 - Conception : Trafik

"Very different from a trade show, the Biennial is built around exhibitions and assertive standpoints promoting contemporary creation, available to all, in a festive atmosphere punctuated by events, visits and workshops".