The Future Perfect New York’s first exhibition in 2018 celebrated new work from Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, whose furniture was accompanied by pieces from his lighting collaboration with iconic Murano glass manufacturer Veronese. Newly commissioned furniture from Eek is on view, as well as rare historical work that Piet created in collaboration with his wife, Jeanine Eek Keizer.
“For me collaboration is always about working with people I like,” says Eek, discussing his synergistic collaboration with Veronese, the famed Murano glass manufacturer. On paper the two entities may seem oddly suited: founded in 1931, Veronese is known for magnificent and highly polished chandeliers and design projects. By contrast, Eek is celebrated for his transformative handcrafted furniture, created primarily from discarded and leftover materials. Regardless, after meeting with the company’s creative director Ruben Jochimek, Eek found there was plenty of common ground to make something special.
“Reuben brought a box full of pieces of glass and explained that Veronese had a basement full of them. It was like finding treasure,” says Eek. “[for the lighting collection] I thought of a Meccano set, where you can put all the odd pieces together. You can put it on the wall, on the table. While it’s a design classic, it’s still quite random.”
With its convergence of classic materiality and innovation, the forward thinking collaboration involves moving parts that can be reconfigured to create custom chandeliers and lighting installations. Underlying this ingenuity is the fact that each piece consists of glass pieces handpicked by Eek from the Veronese house’s expansive archive. “Many of these pieces can never be recreated,” he adds.