Piet Hein Eek

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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.

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  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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