Designer Profiles 2017-06-04 18:50:33
Piet Hein Eek was born in Holland in 1967 and was graduated from the Academy for Industrial Design in Eindhovan in 1990. While at the Academy, he gained attention for his exam project Scrap Wood Cupboards. Using the money from selling the first Scrapwood collection, Eek open his design studio in Eindhoven in 1992. In 1993 Eek joined forces with fellow designer Nob Ruijgrok and established Eek en Ruijgrok.
Eek’s designs have earned him a place among the world’s most prominent green designers for his intricately composed scrap wood furniture – each piece a one-of-a-kind creation that merges artisan handcraft with skilled design processes. His work is informed by a respect for materials and appreciation of craftsmanship and sold is sold in numerous galleries worldwide. He has exhibited at such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Milan Furniture Fair, Italy; and Cïbone, Tokyo.
In Vietnam, Eek has created a beautiful collection of baskets. He came up with a clever design solution for palmwood from palm trees then collaborated with traditional Vietnamese craftsmen and made the baskets out of scrapwood in accordance with Fair Trade principles.
The following are some of his featured designs:
Waste Beam Cabinet
Beam Armchair with Cushions
Beam Cupboard and Sideboard
Beam bench on steel frame
Piet Hein Eek’s Fair Trade Baskets in Vietnam