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Piet Hein Eek’s workshop in Eindhoven

In a former industrial complex, the Dutch designer’s space is a mix of laboratory, workshop, showroom, shop and restaurant. 

Piet Hein Eek says he always wanted to produce his own products, which is why he chose to stay in Eindhoven after graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven in 1990. At the time this was an unusual choice, so was his preference to produce furniture using scrap wood and metal. Piet Hein Eek was the king of up-cycling and he still is. We paid a visit to his massive studio complex in Eindhoven. 

 

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One of the few buildings remaining on Strijp R and once the location of the ceramic workshop of Philips, now offers shelter to the multiple activities of Piet Hein Eek. Built in the fifties and redesigned to his particular desires, the 10,000 square meters arena is very impressive!  The space was double the size the Dutch designer was initially looking for. “My imagination was immediately put in motion,” he says. “With an area so vast the possibilities were endless. For example, I wanted to set up a dining room for guests. But this could rise to a real restaurant! Then, I came other ideas, give life to a shop, in addition to the showroom and a dedicated space for workshops for young talents.” 


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The workshop is the heart of the company. All spaces are divided with walls of glass and metal beams recycled from old buildings demolished. In addition to the workshop, there’s an impressive showroom. When you walk in, you can see how a product is designed, but you can also see how the products are made. Transparency is key here.

 

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Over the years, Piet Hein Eek has expanded his operations to fill the space, which now includes a shop, restaurant and gallery. If you head down to Eindhoven, this studio space is definitely worth a visit. You can wander around for a couple of hours. There’s lots to see, lots to buy and to enjoy.

 

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www.pietheineek.nl


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