Dutch furniture designer Piet Hein Eek first gained notoriety in 1990 with his Scrap Wood Cupboards. He works bits of found wood and salvaged materials into intricately patchworked one-of-a kind chests, dining tables, chairs, sofas and even cribs.
The thinking behind his work is partly a desire to rescue these discarded pieces of wood but also to escape the soullessness of mass production. He celebrates the textures of recycled materials, turning them into something chic rather than scrappy.
This strong inclination of his was tested recently by Kewlox, who asked Eek to design a range of cabinets using their wallpaper as one of the resources, as a cover. “I thought it would be more interesting to design a new range of cabinets as though they were the prototypes of the Kewlox Cabinets”. Eek said. And so it was.
The result is a series in various materials and colours (including recycled wood) of which the galvanised steel cabinet could well have been the original model. The entire range looks like it’s been around for years, slotted retroactively into history. We shall be showing the cabinets in our building for the first time during the Dutch Design Week.