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April 30, 2009

Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek is best known for his intricately composed scrap wood furniture—each piece a one-of-a-kind creation that merges artisan handcraft with skilled design processes. But while his use of reclaimed materials has been widely recognized in the recent wave of sustainable design fandom, Eek has been working with scrap since well before the green boom, and his motivation arises as much from an obsession with time as a concern for resources. Dwell travelled to Eek's homespun factory and workshop in Geldrop, The Netherlands, to discuss, among other things, his childhood design projects, his opinion of mass production, and the intentionally inefficient process behind his scrapwood collections.

Piet Hein Eek posing with his scraps
Piet Hein Eek posing with his scraps
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Oak Chair in scrapwood, unlacquered
Oak Chair in scrapwood, unlacquered
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Showroom featuring Waste Table in high-gloss lacquered scrapwood
Showroom featuring Waste Table in high-gloss lacquered scrapwood
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Waste Table in scrapwood
Waste Table in scrapwood
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In the shop finishing table legs for the Canteen Table
In the shop finishing table legs for the Canteen Table
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2-Door Cupboard in scrapwood
2-Door Cupboard in scrapwood
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2-Door Cupboard in scrapwood
2-Door Cupboard in scrapwood
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Waste Floor in scrapwood
Waste Floor in scrapwood
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Eek's team assembling wood in the studio
Eek's team assembling wood in the studio
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Canteen Table in scrapwood
Canteen Table in scrapwood
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Crisis Chair in nude plywood
Crisis Chair in nude plywood
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Crisis Chair in nude plywood, stacked.
Crisis Chair in nude plywood, stacked.
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The Enormous Armchair in scrapwood
The Enormous Armchair in scrapwood
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Showroom featuring the Football Lamp in gloss stainless steel
Showroom featuring the Football Lamp in gloss stainless steel
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Waste Table in steel scrap
Waste Table in steel scrap
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The Crisis Chair and Table in grey plywood
The Crisis Chair and Table in grey plywood
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Piet Hein Eek, at the drawing board
Piet Hein Eek, at the drawing board
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Chandelier in black plywood
Chandelier in black plywood
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The Copper Table Lamp
The Copper Table Lamp
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Sanding and finishing in the studio
Sanding and finishing in the studio
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Oak Chair in scrapwood
Oak Chair in scrapwood
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Oak Chair in scrapwood
Oak Chair in scrapwood
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Chandelier in nude plywood
Chandelier in nude plywood
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Barstools in scrapwood
Barstools in scrapwood
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Waste Cabinet in scrapwood, high-gloss lacquer
Waste Cabinet in scrapwood, high-gloss lacquer
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Inside the studio
Inside the studio
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Eek and a partner standing in front of a pod they built on their workshop site with scrap metal
Eek and a partner standing in front of a pod they built on their workshop site with scrap metal
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Piet Hein Eek posing with his scraps
Piet Hein Eek posing with his scraps

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