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Piet Hein Eek off the charts

RENS X LACQ X PIET HEIN EEK

Piet Hein Eek in blik (‘off the charts’): the colours of

designer Piet Hein Eek. 30 years of work in 40

remarkable colours. Research, selection and

art direction by Studio RENS.

Design Research Studio RENS art direction Piet Hein Eek

A colour palette requires research: Lacq and Piet Hein Eek invited Studio RENS to be the art directors of their new paint collection based on the colours that have distinguished Eek's designs and projects for over 30 years.

 

RENS conducted archival research and hands-on colour charting investigations and found the colourful thread that runs through PHE’s work. These were united in a collection of colours divided into four themes: hotel, site, projects and objects. Distinctive hotel room grey, restaurant floor pink, crisis collection orange and bakery green. All research findings were presented in a design colour chart, photography and publication.

 

Year: 2020

Photography: Ronald Smits / Dana Savic

Design Research Studio RENS art direction Piet Hein Eek colour cart
Design Research Studio RENS art direction Piet Hein Eek
Design Research Studio RENS art direction Piet Hein Eek
Design Research Studio RENS art direction Piet Hein Eek

RENS X PIET HEIN EEK

 

Piet Hein Eek is internationally known for his distinctive furniture design, yet his portfolio also includes large-scale interior projects and the revitalization of entire structures. In 2020, the designer teamed up with RENS for in-depth research into the colourful thread running through his work over the past 30 years.

 

This collaborative effort resulted in a selection of colours that were translated into an exclusive paint line boasting 40 distinctive hues, crafted by artisanal paint manufacturer Lacq (Vliegenthart). A year later, RENS’ research also led to the design of a custom colour scheme for every room in Piet Hein Eek's hotel in his hometown of Eindhoven.

Design Research Studio RENS art direction Piet Hein Eek
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