Another brilliant speaker was Piet Hein Eek the Dutch designer (the conference was in his events space). I found his talk about sustainability, serendipity and quality a large meal for thought! I’ve mislaid my notes unfortunately. I loved however the story of the 30 thousand Guilder table (about 13,000 euros) which was made out of discarded pieces of wood but had months of work in it. He priced it with the true cost of labour in it – hauled it to a furniture fair expecting to bring it back to his workshop. Not only did he sell it practically in the first five minutes after that he had two dealers fighting over it. In our throw away world the idea that innate quality and craftsmanship and effort is recognized gives me hope.
I took loads of pictures around his workshop space in an old Philips ceramics factory. I also found this great video which shows a lot of his work and the workspace he has created.
And an article at Dwell.
“Minimalism always tries to hide the details, which is not minimalistic, because you put energy into disguising what you’ve done”
“The major thing is that you make durable things. If you buy a couch from IKEA with FSC-certified wood and you throw it away after two years, it is much worse than a non-FSC wood couch that you keep for 100 years.”