Piet Hein Eek's design
Born in Holland in 1967, Piet Hein Eek made an immediate impact on the Scandinavian design world with his final exam project for the Academy for Industrial Design in Eindhoven. Simply titled Scrap Wood Cupboards, the pieces were constructed of reclaimed lumberyard wood and inspired by chance, after the designer refurbished a cupboard for his sister. At the time, Scrap Wood Cupboards caused a sensation, perceived by many as a bold reaction against the cookie cutter, the industrial and the commonplace.
After a year of building his firm, Eek went into partnership with designer Nob Ruijgrok, forming Eek en Ruijgrok v.o.f. Eek’s most famous piece, Waste Furniture, was designed during the 1990s out of discarded products, fomenting his vision of blending skilled, technically precise design with sustainability and the nascent credo of “reuse, recycle, reuse.” Building on this process and his rising profile in the design world, Eek added an additional line Waste Waste 40x40, pixelated-looking pieces built from “leftovers from the leftovers,” with materials cut into identical squares of 40 by 40 millimeters then assembled to cover chairs, tables and benches.
Since those seminal designs, Eek has gone on to create rugs, household wares, wallpaper, watches and eyewear. All done form the designers epicentre in Eindhoven – Holland where Design, production, sales, art, gastronomy and culture have all been brought together under one roof of an old Philips factory. Among Eek’s critically acclaimed interior design projects are redeveloped industrial buildings, farmhouses and greenhouses. Piet Hein Eek designs are available in many galleries worldwide.