Piet Hein Eek

waste stacked double stool

The stacking stool is the first scrap wood waste materials product Piet Hein Eek made. The waste products turned out to be of significant value for the company – without this being Piet's intention.

It bothered him that they were throwing away materials that could be used, but were not because it was simply too expensive to do anything with them. So he thought, to turn it around and act as if labour costs nothing and materials are invaluable.

This way, you throw away nothing and it costs nothing to do something with the waste. Using the most worthless pieces of wood that he often saved, thet puzzled together the first stool and table. When the maker of the table asked him how it should be finished, Piet responded: “Lacquer it ten times - as long as it requires a lot of work”.

The effect was as unexpected as it was magnificent; it was as if the old wood had been glazed. The end product was not the result of stylistic considerations, but 100% concept. It was a sort of art project without a commercial goal, something Piet called ‘free work’.

It means doing something you don’t normally do or something that goes against the rules. This approach gives an indescribable amount of pleasure and, later, often turns out to be the most successful. The waste tables are the most expensive tables Piet Hein Eek has and are the best-selling of them all.

And it was this stool that got the ball rolling!

The mentioned price is for the double version.
The price for the single stool is €2.199

lead time: approx. 14 weeks

Please enquire directly for custom options, colors and finishes.

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€ 3.638 for customers outside the EU

designer: Piet Hein Eek


100 x 48 x 48cm / 48 x 48 x 48cm

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