Furthermore, Xavier Lust very quickly made his appearance in the closed circles of the international edition. Since ‘Le Banc’ was published by MDF Italia, he has worked with this publisher, but also with world-renowned brands such as De Padova, Driade, Moroso and Extremis. In 2003, Lust received the Henry van de Velde Award for Young Talent from VIZO. His furniture is recognisable by its taut line. He moulds metal surfaces, which opens up new perspectives for urban furniture, table art, bathrooms, lighting, the upholstery of electrical products, etc. His talent lies in the way he combines creativity on paper and simulation in 3D with a subtle approach in practice.
In Belgium, he has been known since the 1990s for his furniture designs in metal and the furnishing of private and commercial spaces.
The work of self-proclaimed ex-designer Martí Guixé (°1964) can aptly be described as ‘beyond design’. Creating new objects he finds rather ‘superfluous’ and ‘boring’; he prefers to concentrate on ideas, systems and living matter such as food and human behaviour. As a ‘global designer’, Guixé constantly travels back and forth between Berlin and his native Barcelona, analyses situations, rituals and movements and proposes radical solutions with a minimum of ergonomics – simple, immaterial, humorous and often iconoclastic.
Danny Venlet (°1958, Victoria, Australia) is one of the world’s best and most promising designers; yet his work is a well-kept secret in the design world. This is partly due to the fact that Venlet has worked and lived in two different worlds (Australia and Belgium), but is also explained by the essence of his personality and work – modest, prone to understatement, and relaxed.
In 2008, Design Flanders is organising the Triennial of Design for the fifth time, a prestigious exhibition in the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, which puts Flemish design in the limelight on the basis of a chosen theme.
Unconstrained, poetic and timeless. That is how we can characterise the designs of Jean-François D’Or. The Belgian Designer of the Year 2013 does not put himself in the spotlight with large showpieces, but with his special talent he leaves his own mark on the field of smaller home and interior accessories such as bowls, lamps, vases, coat racks, door handles, mirrors,… Small touches that in all subtlety colour an interior and at the same time very ‘democratic’ design that can seduce a large public.