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Piet Boon is one of the most relevant and iconic designers of our time, and belongs to most famous Dutch architects and interior designers. Together with a creative director Karin Meyn, Piet leads his own team of designers, top interior designers and architects.
Those who wonder how Piet Boon succeeded to break through as a top designer not only in the Netherlands, but also internationally should look at his collection of furniture and home designs will provide the answer.
His three-decade long career was inspired by a desire to combat a lack of functionality in today’s designs; to create solutions that are both functional and beautiful. His appreciation for simplicity is no doubt a hallmark of Dutch design.
Having started as a contractor, Piet Boon has an innate sense of pure, timeless forms which he manages to translate flawlessly into home and furniture designs with sturdy yet elegant lines and a contemporary look. Notable in all Piet Boon designs are the honest materials, subdued colours and a high level of comfort. Piet Boon designs homes, offices and hotels, every interior detail such as furnitures, door hardware, bath and bed linen, lamps, fireplaces, kitchens, bathrooms and beds also carry Piet Boon’s unique signature.
Piet Boon was born in the Netherlands in 1958. He started his career as a contractor, developing his eye and understanding of structure and function through the building process. In 1982 Boon founded his own design studio which he runs with Karin Meyn. Based in Oostzaan, near Amsterdam, the studio employs the best architects, designers and interior designers. They produce furniture, architecture and interiors, and are recognized specialists in delivering total concept design solutions
His practice innovatively combines functionality and durability, with a love for natural materials and signature details. Piet Boon studio has collaborated with brands including Miele, Bang & Olufsen and Moooi, and continues to work by producing luxury lifestyle design.
He launched the “Piet Boon Zone” line of furniture and lighting in 2003 which now successfully operates in 34 countries. In addition to designs for private clients and various commercial housing developments, he designed the interior of the Delano Hotel in Las Vegas and beach houses in the Caribbean amongst others.
Boon also designs houses and entire neighborhoods. In 2006 he designed a floating neighborhood near Almere. He also designed the area around the new marina at the Schelphoek in Hoorn. In 2006 Boon designed a limited edition version of the car Range Rover Sport, which in 2011 was given a second edition which was performed in a matted ‘two-tone’ combination in Off Black and Piet Boon Grey.
He has published three books – Piet Boon (2001), Piet Boon 2 (2005), and Piet Boon Beach (2007), which show the rapid international development of the design studio into an international luxury lifestyle brand. Piet Boon 3 was published in 2011 in 8 languages.
The garden for his own home in Oostzaan, designed by Piet Oudolf, was featured in the BBC’s Around the World in 80 Gardens.
Piet Boon designs, develops and selects products that logically fit their brand. They work with partners who are specialized in their fields to bring licensed products to the market. They are known for working with innovative luxury brands who share the love for beautiful materials, thoughtful details and commitment to excellence. Piet’s studio collaborated with such renowned brands as Land Rover or Moooi.
TABLEWARE BY SERAX
Base by Piet Boon is a result of combining design with functionality and consists of a complete range of high-quality bone white porcelain tableware. The range has high thermal stability and is free of lead and cadmium. Base by Piet Boon and Serax provides a blank canvas for any dish you can imagine.
LIGHTING BY MOOOI
Round Boon and Square Boon: two robust yet classic pendant lamps designed for Moooi lighting. Subdued colors and oversized formats make these pendants lamps recognizable Piet Boon objects.
PIET BOON FOR LAND ROVER
The special collaboration between Land Rover and Piet Boon started in 2006. Since then they have designed multiple extraordinary versions of the four wheel drive.
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Piet Boon branded collection is the exclusive product line for dining, living and outdoor. Those authentic signature pieces embody the design philosophy and essence of the studio and its main designers: functional, comfortable and timeless. They are also durable – created, not only with aesthetics in mind but intensive use. The entire collection can be seen in the company’s Amsterdam showroom on the ground floor of their Global Headquarters in Amsterdam.
With a solid oak or walnut frame and leather or fabric upholstery, the KENT fauteuil is a modern classic. One soft cushion envelops the chair to provide luxurious seating comfort. This timeless fauteuil can be effortlessly combined with other pieces from the collection.
FEDDE LIVING SERIES
Meeting the request for compact furniture, the FEDDE series is perfect for easy living. Inspired by the casual and relaxed atmosphere of our beach houses, the FEDDE series comfortably fits into any environment with its loose wide hem and wonderfully soft arm and backrest. The FEDDE series exists as a sofa, fauteuil, loveseat and a pouf and – with its removable covers – is easy to maintain.
SAAR DINING SERIES
The wooden SAAR dining table makes a striking and stylish addition to any room. A contemporary yet timeless design with adjustable leg placement, the table offers simple versatility to suit any dining occasion. Ideal for adapting to the spontaneous demands of a modern lifestyle.
KEKKE DINING SERIES
The KEKKE series brings refined sophistication to any room. With its curved edges, the table has been specially designed with casual dining in mind. Its sleek steel foot is in chic contrast to its slim top, providing a uniquely stylish and elegant dining experience. The combination of exquisite leather or fabric and cool powder-coated steel makes the KEKKE chair a timeless Piet Boon icon.
ANNE OUTDOOR SERIES
Sleek detailing of the ANNE table makes it a timeless addition to any outdoor living space. With its solid Iroko frame and deep, water-repellent cushions, the soft yet sturdy NIEK brings a relaxed elegance to outdoor living. In combination with the ANNE outdoor dining table, the fauteuil transforms into a laid-back dining solution.
The Exterior Design team comprises of an expert team of professionals, led by Piet Boon and Chief Design Officer Roland Kokkeler. The team is recognized globally for delivering timeless, trend-transforming designs with a harmonious balance between function and aesthetics, a distinctive personality, and meticulous attention to detail. The team is also distinguished by an invaluable background in construction which we lend to a diverse range of projects worldwide, including apartments, villas, hotels, offices, resorts and public spaces. Exterior Design is active in a wide range of projects throughout the world and is specialized in creating total concepts.
On each project, the Exterior Design team works closely with the Interior Design team led by Creative Director Karin Meyn. The Interior Design team turns every house into a home, next to designing public spaces with a client-centric approach, ensuring a seamless fit. Interior Design works closely with each client so that every inch of a space is permeated with their identity and personality. The Interior Design team creates bespoke interiors for both corporate and private clients.
PARIS LUXURY APARTMENT
The challenge studio faced whilst transforming this exclusive Parisian residence was the merging of two apartments into one – via a small, inconspicuous portal – to create a seamless living experience. The clients, a family with three small children, delivered a very clear brief on both the functional and aesthetic requirements: a timeless and sophisticated design to suit both formal and informal living. To create a veritable bolt-hole away from the hectic pace of city life, they opted for a subdued color palette.
They grouped the large collection of artworks and accessories by color, carefully placing them in the various spaces, and gave each room its own accent color, such as red, purple or yellow. With no concession on the quality of materials used, this residence truly represents what makes Piet Boon so unique: the ability to create understated luxury and deliver a harmonious living experience. What is more, the owners’ love for beautiful materials and art objects is evident throughout what really has become a home.
LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS ‘OOSTEN’ IN WILLIAMSBURG
Commissioned by XIN Development Group International, Piet Boon is responsible for the interior design and amenities of the substantial residential development project “Oosten” in trendy upcoming neighborhood of South Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Oosten is located at 421 Kent and is situated along South Williamsburg’s waterfront district. Located east of Manhattan and near the East River, we chose to give it the Dutch name “Oosten”, which means “east” and also refers to New York’s Dutch roots.
Offering 216 high-end homes varying from luxurious studios to extraordinary townhouses, Oosten is unique in its varied typology of building units. These units combine to form not only a greater building but the fabric of a neighborhood. The design strives to reach across these borders of spaces to provide a consistent design aesthetic that carries through space and time. An important part in all Piet Boon designs is to create and make optimal use of space.
To achieve this designers connected the outside exterior with the inside interior. Without loss of privacy, all homes face a 13,860 square feet landscaped open courtyard providing Oosten’s homeowners with a unique experience of having a “hidden garden”.
In order to increase the amount of natural light and ensure panoramic views, designers opted for floor-to-ceiling windows. Oosten will boast timeless interiors rooted in the industrial heritage of the waterfront area as well as the building and Piet Boon signature elements of high-quality materials and strong axis lines.
RESTAURANT ‘THE JANE’ IN ANTWERP
Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman and chef Nick Bril created their “fine dining meets rock ’n roll” restaurant vision together with Piet Boon over three years ago in a mythical location in Antwerp; the chapel of a former military hospital. Piet Boon Studio, responsible for the interior design and styling of The Jane, since then collaborated in the chapel’s unique transformation into a high-end, contemporary restaurant with international allure where experience is key.
Based on belief in authenticity, functionality and materials that ‘age beautifully’ designers chose to restore only the highly necessary in the chapel and hence preserve the rest. The original ceiling amongst others conveys the pure, understated and respectful environment that serves as the authentic host for the ultimate fine dining experience.
Moored in a beautiful and tranquil spot in a typically Dutch landscape, the houseboat is surrounded by open water on three sides with uninterrupted views to the horizon. The client wanted a minimalist look with a simple ambiance and character, in keeping with the landscape. With that in mind, designers opted for a striking box-shape, finished in black-stained red cedar. Despite strict building regulations dictating its height, they were able to realize two storeys: the bedrooms and basement lie below the waterline.
When the shutters are closed, the exterior of the houseboat functions like a shell-like enclosure. When drawn back and the patio doors opened, a big ‘open living’ feel is created. Finally, the high floor-to-ceiling glass windows – which can be fully opened – create a powerful sense of connection with the natural surroundings.
FIFTH AVENUE APARTMENT
The clients owning this Fifth Avenue apartment stumbled upon the eponymous book of Piet Boon quite by chance. His style perfectly suited the mood they had in mind for their luxury home in the heart of New York City, overlooking the city’s biggest garden: Central Park. After meeting with the clients, Piet Boon presented the first plans for this challenging renovation: owing to strict regulations of the exclusive building, everything had to be completed within four months.
An important consideration was the balance between the various rooms and making optimal use of the natural light, especially in the living spaces which overlooked the park. As the clients already possessed exceptionally good taste, studio consulted with them about their wishes and design tastes. The result is a rich, international style, with elements of European design. And thanks to our subtle use of color, the apartment is an oasis of refined tranquility, exuding an almost meditative, Zen-like atmosphere. The perfect retreat from the City’s hustle and bustle.
Boon is that rare designer who is equally comfortable in the loftiest cosmopolitan confines and untouched wilderness. He has designed a concept hotel in The Hague with trademark canopy windows and warmly elegant archways, as well as a series of luxuriously fortressed villas in Bonaire. He can bring a naturally refined aesthetic to decidedly urban spaces, and he can apply heightened concepts seamlessly into more rugged locales. His trick often seems to spring from a conversation between these two poles. 101 Wall, July 2015
Piet Boon studio was founded by Piet in 1982. The Dutch international award winning design studio and global luxury lifestyle brand, is a worldwide recognized specialist in total concept design delivering exterior, interior and product design excellence for residential and corporate clients and commercial partners around the world.
Karin Meyn, born in 1961 celebrated Dutch interior designer, joined the company in 1986 as joint business partner to lead Creative Direction and Styling. She has been instrumental in defining the Piet Boon design philosophy and style. Piet Boon Styling is a clearly recognizable interpretation of materials, textures, colors and meticulous detailing.
Since its inception, the practice has acquired an impressive portfolio of private, corporate and commercial clients in 46 countries around the world. Its headquarters are in Oostzaan, Amsterdam area, the Netherlands.
Piet Boon also collaborates with selected brand association partners, like Land Rover, Miele and Bang & Olufsen among others. In addition Piet Boon has licensing agreements with 11 partners, including Moooi, Formani, Bod’or and Warendorf.
Between 2001 and 2012, Piet Boon published five highly successful international coffee table books: Piet Boon, Piet Boon 2, Piet Boon Beach, Piet Boon 3 and the most recent book Piet Boon Styling by Karin Meyn. Both in English and Dutch. Piet Boon 3 was published in 2011 in 8 languages. Piet Boon Styling book was written by Karin Meyn, also in 8 languages. It was the first book of Karin, creative director at Piet Boon® and head of Styling. The books showcase their international private and corporate projects from an architectural and interior angle.
Inspirational Quotes from Piet Boon
If you ask me about a dream partnership, Nike is the first brand that springs to mind. I am an avid sportsman. Interview for Interior Design, September 2014
In the challenge is always the element of learning. We are curious and inquisitive by nature and always strive to do things better. So working in a new medium or partnership allows us to learn from the process and from others. Interview for Interior Design, September 2014
Inspiration, being inspired is an ongoing, often unconscious process. We store all the impressions and they all shape our creative mind. That is why I believe that the older we get, our work gains more depth. We can see what we do in a wider context. Interview for Interior Design, September 2014
Dutch designers have functionality deeply embedded in their DNA. But functionality needs to be balanced with aesthetics and the identity of the client to create a real satisfactory experience. Interview for Interior Design, September 2014
Trends and movements are quite volatile these days due to the internet. Having that said, one of the movements that is coming back into style and that I always have found very interesting is: “brutalism”. This bold and yet elegant movement is synonymous with honest construction and concrete. Design dose, April 2009
My background as a builder proves to be a huge advantage in my work as a designer. It allows me to speak the language of those who execute our designs, but it is also important for our clients to see that we know what we are doing and talking about. 6sqft, July 2013