Eco Designer Piet Hein Eek turned an abandoned factory into his own studio, shop and a restaurant.
In the economic downturn of recent years, the amount of abandoned factories has been growing. In 2010 Piet Hein Eek opened the doors to his new venture in a beautiful red-brick building initially belonging to Philips.
When Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek found this abandoned factory space on the outskirts of Eindhoven, Amsterdam, he immediately knew that this was to become his studio’s new home. However, the sheer size of it meant that he had space for much more than a studio. The sprawling complex now holds a shop, gallery, restaurant and factory for the production of his trademark furniture pieces from reclaimed wood and metal.
The restaurant is filled with the designer’s own pieces, including his signature recycled wood furniture finished with a high gloss varnish. All pieces are unique and made from waste diverted into interior design, like the colourful bar made from old steel pipes. The “Old lampshade-lamp” is a collection of mix-match lights that as a collection create an astonishing chandelier feature. Other pieces include piled up recycled wooden stools and a found church chandelier.
Eek is one of the most inspirational, influential and successful furniture designers of recent years. Check out the video below for more on Piet & his work.