Piet Hein Eeek’s Modern Cabinets – Sustainable Art and Design
Born in Holland in 1967, Piet Hein Eek made an immediate impact on the Scandinavian design world with his final exam project for the Academy for Industrial Modern Design in Eindhoven. Do you wanna meet the artist’s modern cabinets?Buffets and Cabinets wants to show you the best of craftsmanship and what truly sparks these artists’ passion to create such incredible furniture design creations.
Titled “Scrap Wood Cupboards,” the pieces were constructed of reclaimed lumber yard wood. His student collection garnered immediate attention, perceived by many in the design world as a bold reaction to both mass-production banality and material waste. Hein Heek has this incredible thought while creating his modern cabinets.
In 1992, he opened a studio with designer Nob Ruijgrok, forming Eek en Ruijgrok v.o.f. His most famous contemporary furniturepiece, Waste Furniture, was designed here out of discarded products, fomenting his vision of blending skilled, technically precise design with the nascent credo of “reuse, recycle, reuse.” Another line soon followed, Waste Waste 40×40 – pixelated-looking pieces built from “leftovers from the leftovers,” with materials cut into identical squares of 40 by 40 millimeters then assembled to cover chairs, tables, and benches.
Eek has since expanded into rugs, household wares, wallpaper, watches, and eyewear. He also created a restaurant – filled with his own pieces – and an art gallery, housed in his studio in Eindhoven, Holland. His critically acclaimedinterior design projectsalso include redeveloped industrial buildings, farmhouses, and greenhouses, but for us, it’s his modern cabinets that really stand out in theart and design world.