Luster’s books are distributed around the world, in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, the US and Canada. With non-fiction themes such as food (Geert de Mangeleer, Joachim Boudens, Alle Dagen Honger, J.E.F., and Melting Pot), architecture, culture (including ‘Belgian Café Culture’), design (including ‘Belgique Excentrique’, ‘Belgian designers and their interior’), photography, interior design and travel (including The 500 Hidden Secrets series).
When we at first reveal our project to Marc Verhagen, he is a bit insecure considering himself a HERITIST in our collection. It takes however just a matter of minutes to demonstrate common grounds in both our philosophy and approach.
The importance of good aesthetics combined with true stories. A soft spot to share experiences. Or even some “Belgitude”: spreading the Belgian spirit and identity. To name just some… Marc does this with books. He carefully selects (Belgian) book projects he believes in and wants to share with others.
MARC IS MOST FASCINATED BY THE MANY WORLDS HE DISCOVERS AS A PUBLISHER: FROM THE INNER WORKINGS OF A MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANT TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT.
From bongo to books of inspiration. Being the inventor of the globally successful ‘BONGObon’ gift card, he sells the company in 2008 and decides to finally make his dream come true: to publish books. Devoting great attention to their tactility and their graphic design, Marc’s passion is ‘to share inspiring places, captivating creations and worlds where one would like to dwell forever’.
Discovering cities and seeing how people move around them. Indulging himself in new cities is what gets Marc inspired. He wants to find out where locals and tourists eat, what they eat, where they shop, what is on display in the museums… Pouring that information, quite often hidden secrets, into books and sharing it. Stumbling upon a Luster book in New York, Rio de Janeiro or London confirms his idea that books which once started out as a lot of scribbles are now appreciated the world over.
MARC LIKES THE CREATIVE PROCESS OF HIS JOB: FROM IDEA TO BOOK, JOTTING DOWN SOMETHING ON A SCRAP OF PAPER AND DREAMING ABOUT WHAT IT COULD TURN OUT TO BE.
HERITIST lovers, Frederik & Vicky