Piet Hein Eek: I am inspired by materials

Piet Hein Eek is the first designer on record to use scrapwood in domestic creations. Here he speaks about his materials-driven approach.

Dutch furniture designer Piet Hein Eek prefers working with materials often regarded as scrap. Here he reveals some of his newest pieces showcased at Tom Dixon Studio during London Design Festival 2012, such as a light design that is a constellation of lampshades and a finely lacquered scrapwood table. As a designer he takes a materials-driven approach.

Using scrapwood came from the fact that I am always looking at materials, says Eek.

Eek also talks about looking for positive accidents (and avoiding the negative ones) as a way of innovating in design.

If you want to function well [as a designer] you have to feel like a fish in water, says Eek.

This Dutch expression inspired him to set up his studio and workplace in Eindhoven, in order for him to function well. Eek says he focussed not on creating success but in creating the grounds for success.