Piet Hein Eek, genius creator of the trompe-l’œil ‘Scrapwood’ wallpaper, has shifted from printing planks onto paper to printing directly onto wood
His ‘Plywood Stools’ collection turns artworks from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, think Rembrandt to Vermeer, into flat-packed, self-assembly furniture.
Hein Eek and the founder of Dutch wallpaper company NLXL, Rick Vintage, had thought about the idea of printed furniture back in 2010, but it took until a few years later for technology to catch up with their plans. ‘This product can only exist through today’s techniques: CNC wood-cutting machines and wood-enabled printers,’ says Hein Eek. ‘I thought it would be a great idea to combine these techniques with century-old Dutch masters from the Rijksmuseum collection.’
The stools are currently available, £135 each, from NLXL Lab and the Rijksmuseum. Talks are underway to extend the collection to include art from other museums and galleries worldwide.