Gallery: Piet Hein Eek Reclaims Old Beams to Create Rustic Yet Modern D...

chunky beam bench by piet hein eek
Piet Hein Eek created a series of objects made from salvaged old wooden beams that preserve their large size and shape.

Piet Hein Eek’s body of work has been dedicated at large to re-using materials like wood to create unique designs. During this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, he showcased his studio’s new designs at the Spazzio Rossana Orlandi. After purchasing a big quantity of beams, Eek began a long process of designing, experimenting and producing that resulted in furniture pieces like benches and armchairs that salvage the material and make beautiful pieces of green design.

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  1. willda April 21, 2011 at 10:43 am

    This is nothing new….many of the homes in my area have similarly designed outdoor furniture. Only difference is that we made it ourselves & others call us rednecks or hillbillies. I’ve been making Queen Anne & Chippendale furniture for several years (for my own enjoyment) and have never considered this type of furniture “Modern”. Our ancestors made their furniture the same way.

  2. a simple man April 20, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Piet-Hein Eek: designs and produces items ‘just’ for the museum’s and the rich happy few.
    Dump-price materials made into -by collectors and investors- highly over-valuated design.
    Is there a sustainable ore idealistic statement to be made by him, besides making a bundle of money?
    Does this design make a ‘green’ difference?

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