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

one beam bench by piet hein eek
The limited number of beams makes these benches and armchairs a limited edition collection.

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.

The Dutch designer created a series of objects made from salvaged old wooden beams that preserve their large size and shape. Each one of his chunky-looking beam furniture shown follows a simple aesthetic that barely changes the original form of its elements. The limited number of beams makes these benches and armchairs a limited edition collection.


Going further into simplicity, the one beam bench is constructed from a large wooden beam and then painted in bright colors. These benches don’t have any determined size, since the measure of each beam may vary.

Piet Hein Eek’s design approach honors reclaimed materials and puts them under the spotlight of design’s biggest event.

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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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