The space is now converted for use as a shopping complex and cultural events. These include the Brussels Design Market which runs on Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, in Shed 3 at the Tour & Taxis building. Held since 2002, there will be 100 exhibitors from across Europe solely selling 20th century furniture and objects.
For the second time, the design market has a pop-up vintage fashion area run in collaboration with the monthly Brussels Vintage Market, offering 50 dealers selling vintage fashion.
The market’s special exhibition this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Amsterdammer Cabinet, a narrow cabinet with rolltop shutters and a curved top. Designed by Dutch designer Aldo van den Nieuwelaar in 1973, this is one of the best-selling pieces of Dutch furniture of all time.
The busy 70-standholder Brussels Vintage Market, pictured above, is held on the first Sunday of the month in the Halles Saint-Géry in the city centre. The next is on Sunday, April 1.
A former meat market, this Victorian building, all wrought iron and fine brickwork, was built around a pyramid-shaped fountain-monument, which marks the ‘kilometre zero’, from which all distances in Belgium are measured, says the Lonely Planet guide.
The building is now used as an exhibition space and has bars and restaurants, particularly the Café des Halles Saint-Géry.