Piet Hein Eek

Piet Hein Eek (1967), designer, producer. Eek graduated from the Eindhoven Academy of Industrial Design in 1990 with a cabinet made out of scrap wood. He wanted to draw attention to the beauty of used materials and wanted to distance himself from slick and polished design. His cabinets and pavilions were warmly welcomed by the press and this success led to the establishment of a small independent factory with Norbert (Nob) Ruijgrok in 1993. There they also developed a series of aluminium furniture. He received the Incentive Prize in design by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) in 1993.

The archive of Piet Hein Eek is in possession of the designer.


The Dutch version of this biography is taken from the book Visies op vormgeving, het Nederlandse ontwerpen in teksten deel 2: 1940-2000 (2008) by Frederike Huygen. The following sources have been used for this biography:
– Reinewald. C. ‘Start. Piet Hein Eek’, Items 12 (1993) 4, pp. 16-17.
– Schouwenberg, L., Staal, G. (ed.) ‘House of Concepts. Design Academy Eindhoven’, Amsterdam 2008.