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Director: Niek Koppen
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Piet Hein Eek


55’

Piet Hein Eek is regarded as one of the most important designers of applied art in the Netherlands. He is best known to a mass audience with his furniture made of scrap wood.

He started a company that grew explosively, opened his own factory, shop and gallery in Eindhoven and from that moment, curious audiences flooded in from the Netherlands and abroad. The company managed to survive the financial crisis, but there are other crises. Coming soon: Piet Hein Eek provides an intimate and occasionally revealing glimpse behind the scenes of the designer and entrepreneur Piet Hein Eek.

About the film:

For a long time, the slogan “Coming soon: Piet Hein Eek” was painted on the façade of the building in Eindhoven before the company opened its doors to the public in October 2010. This building is a dream for Piet Hein Eek and his best friend and business partner Nob Ruijgrok. The whole construction process comes together here; alongside a carpentry workshop, the building has a shop, showroom, gallery, event space and restaurant.

Niek Koppen followed Piet Hein Eek from 2009 to 2016 closely in this eventful period. The film tells the story of two friends who built up a small empire that grew thanks to scrap wood. The rapid growth of the company and the challenges it brought, put pressure on their cooperation. In 2015, Piet Hein Eek and Nob Ruijgrok decided to go their own ways. Eek continued the company on his own and took a new path by starting to work for the Swedish giant IKEA.

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