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King of Reclaimed Wood

The no-holds-barred approach to quirkiness in design is to us a refreshing change of scenery, coming from a somewhat austere Scandinavian scene. It is also a reason for us to return time and time again to Piet Hein Eek studios and factories in Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands.

In 2010, Piet Hein Eek moved into a former Philips factory in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. Since then he has created his own eponymous immersive design universe, where visitors can enjoy a clear view of where objects are conceived on paper, observe where it is actually made and then buy it in the design shop, spanning several floors of the old factory compound where everything is housed. Whether done before or after she shopping spree, the on-site restaurant serves up simple but tasty dishes, a cocktail or just a coffee.

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