5 key tasks by Dutch designer and Dezeen Awards choose Piet Hein Eek

Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek has joined Dezeen Awards 2023 as a choose. Right here he selects 5 tasks that greatest mirror his studio’s work.

Eek, who describes himself as “a designer, producer and distributor of my designs,” says his tasks, which vary from furnishings to structure, mirror his distinctive perspective and strategy to design.

“Respect for what the world gives is the start line of all my work,” he informed Dezeen. “Materials, approach and craft are the place I start all my designs.”

At present, Eek is engaged on a redevelopment of the Nyma Textile Manufacturing unit at Nijmegen, in addition to smaller tasks and ongoing commissioned designs for objects and inside tasks.

Piet Hein Eek amongst Dezeen Awards 2023 judges

Dezeen Awards 2023 launched on 15 February in partnership with Bentley Motors. On Tuesday we introduced the primary 5 Dezeen Awards judges together with architect Farshid Moussavi and artwork director Patrizia Moroso, who shall be becoming a member of designer Eek on the judging panel.

The early entry interval ends on Wednesday 29 March. Click on right here to submit your mission and save 20 per cent on entry charges.

Learn on to seek out for Eek’s views on the 5 tasks that greatest characterize the work of his studio.

RAG constructing, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, 2019

“This constructing was the engine room of an industrial space which was demolished to make room for housing.

“Our personal studio constructing, the RF constructing, and the RAG constructing have been the one remaining buildings. We redeveloped all of them.

“The RAG constructing was not really easy due to its measurement, which is almost 1,000 sq. metres. By making one opening, we broke by means of the constructing and created its personal avenue.”

Piet Hein Eek studio

Piet Hein Eek’s studio, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

“I feel what we realised in our premises – with our office, showroom, retailer, eating places, resort and studios, which really feel like dwelling for therefore many – seems like my largest achievement.”

Oak chair

Oak Chair, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

“I prefer it as a result of the chair is particularly designed for our means of manufacturing in small portions – sequence are by no means larger than 100 – and as an alternative of shifting elements by means of a manufacturing facility, virtually the whole chair is made on one machine.”

“All conventional methods to make a chair have been deserted. The chair is made with a variety of consideration and abilities however not in a standard method.”

Zambia project

Zambia mission, Haarlem, the Netherlands

“I used to be requested by an previous buddy I studied with to design chairs and tables to be produced in Africa for the European market. The mission was funded by a church in Haarlem, and the objective was to create jobs for individuals who grew to become disabled due to the warfare.”

“The chairs and tables have been made and transported to Holland however we discovered that transporting the chairs over land was as costly because the making prices. The worth of a chair was too excessive so the mission stopped.”

“Years later we came upon that the disabled carpenters really made a dwelling by making my designs and variations of them. Unexpectedly, it grew to become one of the vital profitable tasks I’ve ever contributed to.”

Mavaleix Mill

Mavaleix, Chalais, France, 2015

“In 2005 I purchased a ruined previous water mill in Mavaleix, France. It took greater than 10 years to rebuild the 2 buildings.

“After years I realised that the river was used to move the large stones to the development website in addition to the iron wheels or the mill itself coming from the forge a mile upstream!

“200 years in the past they understood higher what nature offers as a result of they did not have a alternative. Now we expect we’ve got a alternative, however I feel we must always all the time bear in mind what the world has to supply, not what we would like the world to offer to understand what we would like!

“It is roughly the best way I work; creating with what the world gives. The mill gave me a narrative protecting all of my work!

All photographs courtesy of Piet Hein Eek.

Dezeen Awards 2023

Dezeen Awards celebrates the world’s greatest structure, interiors and design. Now in its sixth yr, it has grow to be the last word accolade for architects and designers throughout the globe. The annual awards are in partnership with Bentley Motors, as a part of a wider collaboration that can see the model work with Dezeen to help and encourage the following technology of design expertise.