He’s always been known as the Belgian designer par excellence. Blond, blue eyes that gaze down from quite a height, the enfant terrible Xavier Lust, born in 1969, has set tongues wagging ever since he launched his career. His sinuous, soft objects are a terrific example of the concept of sensory design that we’re so fascinated with, so much so that there are those who maintain that they seem “born” and not “made.” What Lust manages to achieve with metal is unique and unrepeatable. His famous Le Banc aluminium bench (also in a limited edition) has won goodness knows how many awards and has found its way into the permanent collections of the most prestigious design museums at international level, including the Tate Modern in London, the Design Museum in Gent, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and SFMOMA in San Francisco. He has worked with many different companies, including Fiam, MDF Italia, Driade, De Padova, Baleri, and Extremis while his latest creation is called the Hard Whale Cabinet. We met him so that he could tell us about what lay behind his latest creation and other stories.