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.
Vision was designed in 1986 by Pierre Mazairac and Karel Boonzaaijer based on the philosophy that a cabinet, as a composition, should be part of the architecture. Partly due to its maximum flexibility of use and extremely modest design, this design was very successful from the outset with the Dutch manufacturer Pastoe. 25 years later, the compositional possibilities remain unlimited: from a three-dimensional relief to a graphic grid of lines and planes, from a series of sideboards to an architectural landscape of volumes. The book Vision – Room for imagination sketches the story of this young classic.
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.
It is difficult to compete with the beauty of trees, with their tall grandeur and high tops. And yet, the ambition of the Parckdesign project call lies in the challenge to use urban furniture to emphasise the age-old bond between man and nature, between his artificial interventions and his relationship with plants and flora. Placed in a contemporary context, park furniture expresses the desire to experiment, to test, and to value and discover green spaces in a quest for a more specific identity.
Surrealism may be best known as a movement within literature and the fine arts, but the influence of this 20th-century artistic movement in other fields should not be underestimated. Even the world of design and contemporary design does not escape a healthy dose of surreal humour.