Thursday, 28 October 2010

Piet Hein Eek Collectie at Dutch Design Week

We were lucky enough to bag a flying visit to Eindhoven this weekend for a taste of Dutch Design Week. The highlights were many, but the standout by far was this beautiful old factory space, left by Philips, which has been transformed into a facory/showroom/exhibition space/shop by Piet Hein Eek, one of our favourite furniture designer/makers. The place was crammed with all sorts of oddments, from Piets own work (including reclaimed wood cabinets, chandeliers made from cheap frosted glass lampshades, and simple turquoise china in bulk) to shrink wrapped soldiers, Tokyo Bikes, and even a surgery themed installation from AF Vanderhorst.

Highly recommended for anyone visiting this lovely part of the world. Nagging in the background of course is how this and many other spaces in the town became available - talk to any cab driver and they'll tell stories about the various members of their family, usually stretching back generations, who used to work for Philips. Nice to see some signs of new life taking hold.

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