Piet Hein Eek
Piet Hein Eek
Black Marble Wallpaper
219 euros per roll from NLXL.com
Available in 4 colours and in several different tile sizes from NLXL.com
This fabulous Black Marble wallpaper by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek is a direct response to his belief that too many wallpapers are “Fake…ugly and totally illogic”.
In collaboration with Dutch creative wallpaper company NLXL, Eek’s first foray into wallpaper was a weathered wood design: a trompe l’oeil, the Scrapwood collection reproduced the pitted, painted, split and scraped appearance of discarded wooden planks. Extremely well received, both commercially and critically, it was selected for the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Following a visit to Japan, where Eek saw black painted brick walls and monastery doors in burnt cedar (red wood) – “the most beautiful structures I’ve ever seen” - he decided to expand his wallpaper collection to include other architectural materials, including painted brick, burnt and painted wood and black and white marble. Today’s collection is larger still and includes cork, concrete and metallic finishes.
Eek has recently added architecture – a first love – to his skill set. One imagines he’ll be looking closely at the latest building materials with an eye to how he can transform them into his distinctive wall coverings.
For more information: usa.nlxl.com and pietheineek.nl
Hedge issue 49, pp74-79, February 2018