We interviewed Piet Hein Eek and visited his studio compound back in October during Dutch Design Week, where he talked about his unique modern craftsmanship and his desire to create products that take time and skill. This new collection is no exception.
Fair Trade Original and Piet Hein work closely together on striking fair trade products, and this cooperation has now resulted in two inspiring product ranges: FAT ceramics and vases. The products, alongside Piet Hein Eek’s modern touch, also clearly reveal the craftsmanship, original materials and methods of the producers in Thailand and Vietnam. Piet Hein Eek explains, “Working with the Thai and Vietnamese craftsman is a great experience. I also like designing products that require a lot of handwork.”
Thin is in fashion, and that includes the porcelain and ceramics world. The mould makers and potters at Thailand’s Sang Arun ceramics factory respond to this trend by making every effort to produce the thinnest possible cups and plates for the Western market – which is anything but easy. However, Piet Hein Eek has a different idea: ‘Do what you do well – keep them thick.’