Piet Hein Eek

Piet Hein Eek is a Dutch designer and manufacturer who specialises in industrial wood furniture. His graduation show from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 1990 set the tone for his remarkably fresh new approach to furniture design, with a cabinet wholly formed from reclaimed wood. In a time that Eek refers to as one of ‘exuberance’, he decided to take a minimalist route, with simple materials and a stripped down style forming the basis of his designs.

Piet Hein Eek

As well as the furniture production and design work, Piet Hein Eek – a company made up of Hein Eek himself and collaborator Nob Ruijgrok – also creates lighting and accessories. Piet Hein Eek has also been involved in the design of buildings, and this architectural activity is influenced by the same ideas of minimalism and functional activity.

Piet Hein Eek

Demonstrating a completely hands-on approach to their business, Hein Eek and Rujigrok do everything within the business themselves – from design and production to distribution and selling. Constantly growing and through their considerable efforts feeding the business, the company has recently relocated to a huge 10,000 square metre building. This HQ, based in Eindhoven, is the core of all of their work. Containing workshops, offices, a showroom, shop, gallery, restaurant and packing areas, the Piet Hein Eek centre is the culmination of their years of hard work and activity. Staying true to Hein Eek’s original vision, the centre is a continuation of the company’s ‘do it yourself’ attitude.

Well known across Europe, Piet Hein Eek have had major exhibitions of their work in the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum and the Groninger Museum.

April 26th, 2012

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