Dirk Wynants & Xavier Lust

Dirk Wynants & Xavier Lust
Dirk Wynants:

Founder, main designer and Big Boss of Extremis

Born
Belgium, May 9th 1964, son of a cabinet maker.

Formation
Interior and furniture design in the architecture institute Sint-Lucas / Gent, Belgium.

Career
Involved in the distribution of international design brands until he establishes Extremis in 1994 with own furniture designs for outdoor use. Managing director and main designer, but also working closely together with other internationally renowned designers.

Design awards
- Henry van de Velde Award, Belgium 2001
- Interior Innovation Award, IMM Köln 2003
- les Best of NOW! design à vivre, Paris 2003
- Henry van de Velde Award, Belgium 2003 (nomination best product)
- FX international design award, London 2003 (best residential furniture)
- IF design award, silver, Hannover 2003
- Interior Innovation Award, IMM Köln 2004 (nomination)
- Good Design award, Chicago 2004
- ID magazine, Annual Design Review, New York 2004
- FX international design award, London 2004 (best residential furniture)
- Design Award of the Province of West Flanders, Kortrijk 2004
- Interior Innovation Award, IMM Köln 2005
- Red Dot Award, 2005
Management Awards
- Independent Entrepreneur of the Year, Belgium 2001
- Hermes Award, Belgium 2002
- Leeuw van de Export Award, Belgium 2002

Xavier Lust:

There is a physical connection between people and the objects around them.
This delicate and not easily measured relationship may sometimes reach a level that lies beyond the (important) considerations of comfort, price and robustness.
A piece of furniture may give a pleasure or spark an emotion that is linked to the idea of beauty.
Innovation is a key aspect of the genuine character of any creation.
There should be innovation in appearance as well as in technical and functional design.
My creative approach is to try to steer clear of the designer's usual stumbling blocks by evolving production systems that result in objects with innovative volumes.
Longevity is a quality that relates to the wear and tear not only of the object but also of the user. By this I mean tiring of an object which once had an identity, but which is no longer in tune with the trend of the day. The ideal design would be one that is unaffected by the passing of time and comes closest to being self-evident, "just right" and beyond time.
Born on 27.08.1969 in Brugge (Belgium), he graduated from the "Institut St Luc"- Brussels in interior design in 1992.
Furniture design:
Since 1990 he has been designing interiors , furniture and accessories oriented to innovation, industrial production, functionality, affectivity and commercial viability on his own (Elixir) or in collaboration with leading furniture companies such as MDF Italia, è De Padova and Extremis.



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