From Maarten Baas to Piet Hein Eek
17 January 2011
Update images + text: November 2020
On the Halvemaanstraat in Eindhoven you can enter the world of Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek. This is the place where he makes his furniture, sells it and brings together a lot of other (Dutch) designers too.
Piet Hein Eek graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven with a cupboard made of wasted timber. Long before recycling and sustainability were on the agenda as it is now (we’re talking 1990) he decided to choose for simplicity in a time of welfare. In 2010 he moved into this former Philips factory in Eindhoven and used it mainly as a workshop to create the furniture, but apart from that there’s also a shop, an office, a restaurant, a FRIET (fries take-away) bistro, an exhibition space and soon (end of 2020) to be opened, hotel.
The designer brings together work of his favorite people like Dirk van der Kooij, Studio Boot and Studio Rens (who have their own showroom/atelier on site). You can also buy books, ceramics and Aesop beauty goods. Every time I’m going to Eindhoven I like to pay Piet Hein Eek a visit and during Dutch Design Week it’s always very busy. You’ll always discover something new: in 2018 you could be the first to see his furniture line for IKEA, last November I saw the new hand-woven checkered chairs by Lex Pott and I bought two ceramic bowls by Piet Hein Eek.
Check out: www.pietheineek.nl