This autumn sees leading Belgian designer Xavier Lust take the place of honour at the Botanique.
Since 2000, the designer has conquer prestigious international brands with the sober and elegant curves that characterise his style. Drawn to technological and aesthetic challenges alike, at the turn of the millennium Lust invented an innovative technique for the deformation of metal surfaces. This process, without moulding, produces curved shapes allowing the material to express itself in a natural, fluid and extraordinarily light movement. Economical in both materials and means of production, the technique paradoxically increases resistance tenfold. Lust was soon noticed, and has worked with leading design houses, including MDF Italia, Driade, De Padova, Cerruti Baleri, Fiam and Extremis. He has received many awards, including the special mention of the Compasso d’Oro in Milan for his Grande table in 2004. His works can be found in the homes of contemporary art lovers and collectors as well as in the public sphere. Since 2005, Xavier Lust has widened his approach and has explored “design for all” in the urban fabric, taking a particular interest in the challenges of traffic and mobility. His work can be seen in several examples of street furniture in Brussels, including the benches on the Mont des Arts. In 2010 he was the winner of the competition organised by the STIB for the design of 2700 public transport shelters, which will be installed this autumn. In parallel to his work as an interior designer and the creation of pieces sold on a large scale on the international market, Xavier Lust has also produced more exclusive pieces, described as “art-design”. These are functional collectors’ items produced on a more confidential basis and in limited series, where economy of production is not a factor. The exhibition at the Botanique offers an overview of the areas in which he works and presents pieces symbolising his career and recent previously unexhibited works which are now shown for the first time in Brussels. Born in 1969, Xavier Lust lives and works in Brussels, where he established his design studio. A graduate of the Saint-Luc Bruxelles art college in 1992, he is a regular speaker at international design conferences and has taken part in many exhibitions throughout the world. In 2007 he was given a retrospective at the Grand Hornu Images. His works are represented in numerous permanent collections in museums and other institutions, including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He also works with a number of art galleries worldwide