In Eindhoven the designer Piet Hein Eek has converted an enormous former Phillips factory into a stunning design space. It includes his workshop, a showroom for his recycled wooden furniture, a restaurant, a shop, art gallery and studios for young designers from the Design Academy.
He opened the space last year during the Dutch Design Week events. I had a little chat with him, and found him to be a very genuine and down to earth guy. He was telling me that last year he was completely exhausted from the overwhelming effort - the scale of the project is phenomenal! He has converted 10,000 square metres of completely run down building into a huge white space divided by glass walls. The walls and floors were recycled from another of Phillips' enormous warehouse buildings.
He loves to reuse materials like wood and give them a new life: large tables, a high chair for children, benches, stools...
I was so impressed by this building and the concept behind it. It's a real design hub full of inspiring people and projects.
His shop sells a mix of products: vintage glasses, Aesop beauty products, his own collection of furniture, bikes and a mix of products by Dutch and International designers.
On the left lampshade by . On the right Tent Lamp by Lotty Lindeman (seen in the studio shared by Lotty Lindeman and Wouter Scheublin) wire lamps in tie silk hanging in the restaurant, designed by Piet Hein Eek.
An impressive wooden sink part of a bio kitchen and metal rusty chair installation.
Piet Hein Eek children's furniture designs.
Cars and boats by Floris Hovers.
Old lampshade lamps Chandelier in the restaurant.