Right now we’re working on the Waste Project, with tables and chairs and other things that we make from waste material left over from our own production. This project started in 2000, but we’re still working on it on many different levels.

One of the new things is a Waste Waste 40x40 series—so it’s made of the waste of the Waste Project. Instead of the leftovers determining the size and the image of the product, we cut everything down to 40-by-40-millimeter blocks.

It’s a totally different approaching to using the leftovers, and we’re using almost everything because it’s a very small size. And that provides beautiful new objects.

(via Piet Hein Eek on Making Furniture from Waste, Building the Perfect Work Environment, and Why Designers Should Be Generalists - Core77)


A Tiny Cabin That Looks Like a Stack of Wood designed by Piet Hein Eek for Dutch pianist and comedian Hans Liberg

Masquerading as a stack of firewood, rustic yet modern, movable and built from sustainable material - this log cabin has it all. 

Created by Dutch designer and architect Piet Hein Eek, the structure - built on wheels to bypass building regulations – is a rehearsal space for a musician. 

The tree-trunk exterior encases a steel frame salvaged from a builders’ yard. The facade is made up of small cross-sections of tree trunk, arranged and positioned by hand then fixed with glue and copper brackets. This puzzling effect extends over the window-covers to complete the log-pile illusion when the cabin is unoccupied. 

The plywood interior - Eek uses the cheapest variety as “it has the richest texture” - is an unexpected contrast to the exterior. It is modern and clean with pale-blue walls that work with the panoramic shuttered windows to give the room a bright and fresh feel. 

Recycled quilts are great, but recycled quilts from Piet Hein Eek and Borre Akkersdijk are even better. They’re made of unused silk necktie fabrics, and were inspired by a visit to a former ties factory in Milan called the Spazio Rosanna Orlandi.

All those silky fabrics with interesting patterns being reused to keep us warm? Yes, please. Smart, and sort of not surprising, considering Piet Hein Eek’s work in recycled wood.

Each one is unique, so be prepared for a different version than the quilts pictured.

Also be prepared for sticker shock: They cost more than $1200 each! (Eek, indeed.) But they’re fun to look at.

More: One of a Kind Quilt by Piet Hein Eek — ACCESSORIES — Better Living Through Design


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Piet Hein Eek on respecting material, technique and craftsmanship | Design Indaba

Piet Hein Eek believes in creating products with the aim that there will be no materials left over, or creating products using leftover materials. Often leftover materials go to waste because the labour to reappropriate them is too expensive, so the Dutch furniture designer decided to turn this notion on its head.

Check out the video here.

Ceramics de Piet Hein Eek

Inspirado en el trabajo de sus hijos, Piet Hein Eek junto con su esposa Jeanine, crearon los jarrones de cerámica empleando la técnica de moldear el barro con un rodillo, dando como resultado láminas de cerámica. Dichas láminas las modificaron de manera similar a cómo se manipulan las chapas metálicas.