Piet Hein Eek is a Dutch designer best known for his scrapwood furniture range that he creates using scraps of reclaimed wood. Each piece of beautiful, timeless and unique furniture is lovingly hand-crafted by Eek and is designed and made to last.
Eek first started producing furniture from reclaimed materials in 1990 when he designed and made the scrapwood cupboard as a reaction against the prevalent craving for flawlessness. According to Eek he wanted to show that products that aren´t perfect can still appeal to our sense of aestetic and functionality. He also wanted to design a product that could be made with limited means and a material that was abundant.
Over the years, Eek has become very adept at seeing materials and techniques that are available for design, but that are not being used for that purpose. He sees the value in materials that others would perhaps class as waste and he transforms them into surprisingly efficient and lasting pieces of furniture.
In a world where minimalism has reigned for so long it is great to see designers that are doing the opposite of minimal. The process that Eek uses to create his masterpieces not only takes a great deal of time but also gives the objects a strong visual and tactile effect. Unlike mass produced churned out goods, the whole value of Eek´s pieces lies in the time and the process that is used to create them.
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