Lutz Hilgers: With Passion - Visiting Piet Hein Eek
If there’s anything you don’t like you can either ignore it, destroy it, or change it. In the 90’s, Piet Hein Eek chose to do the latter and broke with the norms of designing furniture when he was only 23 years old. Bored by the flawlessness around him, he actually found his medium in waste wood and first created a cabinet that didn’t really fit into the concepts of smooth surfaces, clear structures and perfectionism. It was his answer and the birth of furniture that looks like do-it-yourself objects but that bear his distinct and unimitable hallmark.
Lutz Hilgers highly appreciates Piet Hein Eek’s handicraft and took pictures of some of the pieces for the recycling lover. The resulting pictures portray Eek’s furniture in a way that perfectly captures how beautifully and elegantly the rough and authentic materials merge into objects. Hilgers does not only portray the furniture at the end of this creative process but also gives an insight into the process itself. Thereby, he does not only present one overall image, but the contrast also portrays the objects in their unique significance.
The perspectives that Hilgers chose for his subjects are especially interesting because they help to portray how these unique pieces blend in with their surroundings. These wild and unique items are made with love and can upgrade whole rooms in an astounding way.
With this picture series, one esthete honors the work of another.