May 10, 2011

Piet Hein Eek

Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, is well known for his innovative use of repurposed materials. He often works with scrap wood to design furniture, which is at the same time rustic, and modern. He is incredibly creative in his fabrication. Piet Hein Eek’s work typically uses one material type en-masse, to create sculptural formations to serve his desired function. His latest design work utilizes salvaged pipes to create functional, artful furniture objects.
His new line of pipe furniture was on display at Rossana Orlandi, during Design Week in Milan. I learned of this while reading design boom this week, so I visited the artists website to learn more about these fantastic pieces. I would love to own these, and find the sculptural quality and simplicity of form absolutely beautiful. Take a peek.
Piet Hein Eek is “the youngest of the Design Academy Eindhoven’s breed of conceptual designers, including Hella Jongerius, Marcel Wanders, Jurgen Bey and Richard Hutten. Eek set up his own manufacturing company, creating expensive, finely crafted pieces of furniture out of scrap wood and metal. Eek’s studio is a maze of workrooms where craftsmen and women are busy sawing wood and soldering metal. Graduating in 1990, Eek gained attention for his exam project Scrap Wood Cupboards. He sold all the cupboards and used the money to set up his practice. Since then, he has been developing a method of designing what he calls “free work”. “It’s like art,” he says. He works like a sculptor, carefully selecting materials on the basis of their appearance. It is a small-scale practice based on traditional craftsmanship rather than a production line. Each of his almost one hundred designs is produced in the studio’s 2,500sq m workshop by his 28 workers”. Icon Eye
For more information about the work of Piet Hein Eek, visit the the artist’s website.
All images via  the artist’s website.

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One Response to “Piet Hein Eek”

  1. Luke Sutton Says:
    June 1st, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Really love the idea behind this furniture, will be sure to visit the artist’s website.