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With know-how and a lot of passion Dirk C ousaert creates contemporary and unique tables, chairs, cabinets, living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, stairs, works of art …
with his hands and his head
with machines and soul
old assemblies (tongue-and-groove, mortise and tenon) and innovative techniques
(electronic drawers and doors)
authentic materials (wood and natural stone) and metal or plastic
items from the forest and the sea, and from an industrial past
in tune with living spaces, ways of life and nature –
driven, and slightly rebellious
sturdy and poetic
rough and warm
DC dreams out loud, draws without embarrassment and dares to develop this into something well thought-out.
Quite a long time ago, a simple man with simple rules inspired Dirk Cousaert (1960, Oudenaarde). His name was Kamiel, son of a mill restorer. “You can create anything you want”, he said. “As long as you do it with passion and an eye for detail.” And even though Dirk Cousaert studied electro mechanics, he fell in love with the beauty of wood, old furniture and ancient assembly techniques.
Dirk Cousaert started his career with the small-scale production of furniture for friends and family. In addition he concentrated on the restoration of antiques. By the turn of the century he was more than ready for his own creation of tables, cabinets, kitchens, doors, stairs and art objects.
Ever since then, Dirk Cousaert has been building his own world of singular creations. Some of them are Re-increations. A limited and numbered line of unique pieces, devised the other way round: the material determines the shape, the shape determines the purpose. Anything can be the starting point: a weather-beaten pile from the sea, a broken tram track, a forgotten quarry stone with a fossil print or a grid from an old industrial building.
Dirk Cousaert reshapes history into a new and exciting future. He restores the material. Combines it with the warmth of wood. Contrasts it with metal, glass or synthetic materials. Then becomes now. Now becomes then. A perfect circle to celebrate life.