Piet Hein Eek was born in Holland in 1967 and graduated from the Academy for Industrial Design in Eindhoven in 1990. While at the Academy, he gained a great deal of attention for his exam project Scrapwood cupboards. These flaunted the different colors and textures of the discarded waste material from which they were made. Today they are still one of his best-selling pieces.
Made from wood offcuts, the Scrapwood Collection is a reaction against a desire for flawlessness in modern furniture. Working outside of the circuit of mass production, Eek presents a range of furniture and accessories that demonstrate the beauty that can be created from scrap materials. Each piece is completely unique and the rich patina of past wear-and-tear on the wood’s surface confidently celebrates the material’s previous life.
The Scrapwood Collection includes seating, storage, tables and home accessories and comes with either an unlacquered finish, a fixated finish, achieved from two to three coats of water based lacquer or a high gloss finish, which has had over ten coats of lacquer applied.
Eek used the money from selling the first Scrapwood collection to open his design studio in Eindhoven in 1992. The following year, Eek joined forces with fellow designer Nob Ruijgrok and established Eek en Ruijgrok.
When Eek found the abandoned Philip’s factory space on the outskirts of Eindhoven, he immediately decided to convert it into his studio and factory which produces his trademark pieces. Following this he converted the surrounding spaces into a shop, gallery, restaurant, event room and atelier for designers.
The building which is more than 10,000 square metres in size, brings together many different activities under one roof. The workshops (wood, steel, upholstery, assembly, spraying and ceramics) form the heart of the building which is surrounded by the offices, showroom, shop, gallery, restaurant, storage and packing, studios that are rented out.