Weekend Guest : Designer Quentin de Coster

09.07.2015 - Dries Tack

Quentin de Coster, born in Liège, studied industrial design at the ESA St-Luc Liège, Politecnico di Milano and ENSAV La Cambre. In 2014, he set up his own business after graduation. Quentin de Coster -aims at making life a better place to live through creating industrial and luxury goods, limited editions as well as mass-produced items. Simple, accessible, authentic and playful, its designs help audiences to furnish their lives with meaningful details.

Quentin de Coster strongly believes in design as an experience, as a balanced interplay of function and aesthetics, logics and emotions, industrial codes and storytelling. An experience which is intimate and shareable at the same time. His work is regularly exhibited all over the world and it is also part of Art Institute’s permanent Architecture & Design collection in Chicago. 

Meet Quentin De Coster in our "The Weekend Guest" series.

Weekend Guest : Belgian Designer Quentin de Coster

What does your perfect weekend look like?

A sunny weather (which is actually rare in Belgium), have dinner and party with friends, visit some exhibitions, take time to chill out by reading some books.

If you should compare yourself to a drink, which one would it be?

Let’s say Rivella. Because it’s a unique soft beverage that you can find just in a few European countries. This brand is Switzerland based, a place that I love because I spent many vacations there. Rivella is produced from milk whey, and therefore includes ingredients such as lactose, lactic acid and minerals.. so it’s really healthy.

Quentin de Coster: Belgium's young and renowned designer

How do you treat yourself?

By travelling for sightseeing (not always for business), by eating yummy food and sleeping late on the weekend.

What has been the best moment in your life so far?

It’s probably the first time that I went to USA. I was teenager and never flew on an airplane. I had a strange feeling of freedom by leaving my home town and family.

What's your favourite object in your home?

This may seem a bit narcissistic, but I would say the "Citrange". I love this product, not because it is one of my designs, but for what it represents to me.

Quentin de Coster: Belgium's young and renowned designer

It’s the first object I developed when I was studying in Liège in 2008. When I was in Milan in 2011, I’ve been contacted by the Dutch company Royal VKB which was interested in producing my citrus squeezer. I met the Design Manager of the brand and some months later the Citrange was launched at Maison & Objet in Paris. This object is now distributed worldwide and part of the permanent collection of Art Institute of Chicago. So favourite for the success story it embodies.

What is your favourite dish? Where do you enjoy it the most?

Boulets sauce lapin with fries and beer, definitely. In my opinion, the best place to eat that typical Belgian dish is the restaurant Tout Simplement in Liège. Here is the address: Rue Hemricourt 8, 4000 Liège, Belgique (Monday>Friday).

What makes you insanely happy?

When I receive an email or phone call confirming the start of a new collaboration.

Who is your favourite Belgian artist?

I would say Wim Delvoye. His amazing work raises questions without taboo, mixes craftsmanship and new technologies, provokes and generates debates. It is eclectic, playful, anarchist, pop-related, contemporary… and I share the anger he has towards the politicians of our country.

Quentin de Coster: Belgium's young and renowned designer

What is your philosophy in life?

It’s a quote from Winston Churchill: "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

To whom should we send these 20 questions and why?

Without hesitation, the two Michelin star Chef Sang Hoon Degeimbre. I am glad to have collaborated with him recently and designed a permanent installation called « Lianes » for his restaurant. He is a very talented and humble person. San is used to take risks and he likes to give a chance to people he believes in. Today, most people prefer comfort so it’s quite rare to meet this kind of person.

Quentin de Coster: Belgium's young and renowned designer

More information on www.quentindecoster.com

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