After graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven, Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek (born 1967) took an iconoclastic path in both his work and his production. Influenced by Dutch designers J. J. Pieter Oud and Gerrit Rietveld, Frenchman Jean Prouvé, and American artist Donald Judd, Hein Eek’s early Scrapwood cupboards—made from paint-encrusted boards culled from torn-down buildings—set the tenor for an impressive body of work that includes just about everything, from ceramics to miniature houses, all of which exude a vibe of craft and purpose, not fashion or industry.