I know, it’s a little late.. But 25&26 October I was at the Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven – The Netherlands. I saw lots of beautiful things, like the exhibition of Piet Hein Eek and Maarten Baas. There were also a lot of young, new designers.
My favorite location was the ‘Kazerne’, that’s were I saw The Cosmic Garden, a magical exhibition with huge luminous, painted glass circles. I also saw really cool socks from Aliki van der Kruijs from her Made by Rain project.
Piet Hein Eek:
Piet Hein Eek (Purmerend, April 29, 1967) is a Dutch designer (industrial design).
Eek graduated in 1990 from the Academy of Industrial Design in Eindhoven with a cabinet of scrap wood, which is now called the Classic Cabinet in Scrapwood. He chose simple materials and a sober design. Eek’ designs (and manufactures) furniture, lighting and accessories and is also involved with the design of buildings.
In the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Groninger Museum exhibitions were devoted to his work.
In 2010, the company of Piet Hein Eek moved from Geldrop to Eindhoven. The company is located in the former Philips factory in the Strijp R. district. In building you find the workshop where all the furniture is made, an office, a shop, a showroom, a gallery, an event space and a restaurant.
In September 2015 IKEA announced that Eek’ products, such as furniture, lamps, vases, cutlery and other utensils are part of their new limited edition collection.
From 1979, Baas grew up in Burgh-Haamstede and Hemmen located in the southwest and central region of the Netherlands. After graduating from high school, he began studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1996. Baas is considered to be one of the most influential Dutch designers of the beginning of the 21st century. He is often described as an “author designer,” of which his works lie on the boundaries between art and design. His work is known as rebellious, playful, intellectual, theatrical and artistic. He has gained an autonomous position in the design field, and his work varies from conceptual designs, limited editions, production design, installations, public space, architecture, interior design, theater design and performances.
His works are in major museum collections, such as the MoMa, Victoria & Albert Museum, Les Arts Decoratifs, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Die Neue Sammlung, Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum. And in private collections of Brad Pitt, Kanye West, Ian Schrager and Adam Lindemann. He worked for exclusive brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, Dior, Gramercy Park Hotel, Dom Ruinart and Berluti.
From 2005, Baas has collaborated with Bas den Herder as his production partner. Most of his designs are handmade in the “DHPH” studio in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.