New kid: Lucas Bes

In the section New Kids on the Block MASTERS will be talking to Lucas Bes this week. This young furniture designer and maker has a good dose of ambition and a passion for honest and sustainable products. How does he see the future? Text: Fleur de JongLucas Bes is 26 years old and has been running his own company for almost four years now Luucsmo. With his company he makes and designs designer furniture. According to Lucas, working from sketch to 3D drawing and from prototype to a production model is the most fun process there is. To gain inspiration, the young entrepreneur prefers to spend time in the nature. His love for nature is also reflected in his working method, so Lucas plants a tree for every piece of furniture sold. 

What is your personal USP?

''What sets me apart from other entrepreneurs is mainly my unique collection and the importance of it sustainability in my company. I make high-quality furniture that will last for generations and that is healthier for people and the environment. Mine passion lies in inventing and making things that do not yet exist, products that lie on the border between art and practical. The design must touch people, but must still be usable."

What can the older generation of entrepreneurs learn from you?

''What I with Luucsmo would like to show that with conscious choices you can make unique products that contribute to the environment rather than being harmful. Together with the beautiful combination of craft en modern techniques and materials, you can create beautiful and unique luxury products.”

Who is your mentor or source of inspiration in the field of entrepreneurship?

''I don't like to 'to watch' among colleagues in the furniture industry. But in terms of entrepreneurship, I do get my inspiration from several big names, such as Richard Branson en Marcel Wanders. I love the philosophy with which Richard guides all his businesses and Marcel is a good example of a big name in the interior design world to learn a lot from.'' 

What is your motto or quote?

''Sustainability also belongs quality.''

What is the biggest entrepreneurial risk you have taken so far?

''My biggest risk so far has been the investments in the workshop. I was still in the last year of my education when I passed €30.000 spent on machines, while I hadn't even secured the financing yet. ''

Where will you be in 3 years?

''In 3 years I have expanded my own collection considerably, I have employed four people and at least 50% of the work consists of creating my own collection. I am currently having trees replanted by the foundation Trees for all, but in 3 years I want to have my own piece of land where I can grow trees plant yourself. With the aim of giving something back to nature in the form of planting a forest or park.''Do you know or are you a successful, young entrepreneur who also deserves a place in the spotlight? Please email Fleur de Jong (fleur@mastershq.nl).Click here for new kid Myrthe de Groot of the company Actief.