Dining area in the middle of the showroom which displays products by Piet Hein Eek and other artists/ designers.

 

These two long kitchen tables are used everyday during lunch by Piet Hein Eek’s team – also available for group bookings. Pendant lamps above made with fabrics from the collection by Paul Smith.

 

The restaurant features a unique mix of lights from an old church, furniture purchased at auction + tables, chairs and lights from Piet’s own collection.

 

 View of the showroom.

 

Lights/ crystal sculptures by Hans Van Bentem.

 

Well, well, well… Isn’t this a stroke of genius if ever I’ve seen one? Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek found an abandoned factory space on the outskirts of Eindhoven, and immediately decided to convert it into his studio, shop, gallery, restaurant, event room, attelier for designers and factory which produces his trademark pieces made from reclaimed timber and metal. Wowee! Amazeballs, right? This 10,000 square meters of space, originally occupied by Philips, went through an extensive refurb in order to turn the initially dark box into an interior filled with light, life and design.


Even if the space was double to what we were looking for, we did not hesitate. My imagination was immediately put in motion. 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 to other ideas – give life to a shop, in addition to the showroom. And a dedicated space for workshops for young talents. – Piet Hein Eek.


You might remember that I blogged about Piet’s work after seeing it in Milan this year and last year at the one and only Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

 

Left – exhibition of furniture. Right – The bar is made from recycled materials found during the renovation of the building.

 

Left – Recycled timber stools stacked as an art installation. Right – Lamps from Piet’s collection using signature ties from Rossana Orlandi.

 

Left – Top view of the building. Right – The workshop is located in the heart of the company. This is where 50 people produce Piet Hein Eek furniture for the whole world.


[Images via Elle Decor Italia.]

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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Nick Hughes, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Interior Design, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places.

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