The Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne is built up with exhibitions and strong statements about design. It promotes contemporary creation accessible to all audiences in a festive atmosphere punctuated by events, visits and workshops.
Since 1998, Saint-Étienne Regional School of Fine Arts (currently named Esadse) has been organizing the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne, which has become the most eclectic design event in France. Produced and managed by the Cité du design, with the support of its public and private partners, the Bienniales have ever since encouraged a confrontation between innovations generated by schools, major agencies, independent designers, distributors, companies and a very wide variety of audiences. The Biennales' multiple exhibitions, conferences, symposiums and gatherings are a real laboratory of the contemporary world, providing an insight into the thoughts and issues of our time through the lens of design.
Since its creation, the Biennale keeps evolving, being enriched and being structured around its central goal: democratize design, make it accessible to all audiences through a broad vision of the design profession and its multiple applications. In 2008, on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the Bienniale welcomed 85,000 visitors, including 15,000 students.
As a media event, the Biennale also received hundreds of national and international journalists, who came to comment on the exhibition's content and to meet with designers, entrepreneurs and representatives of public institutions.