Piet Hein Eek Challenge: After!


Hello! My goodness, what a week it’s been. You might be aware of the fact that I am knee-deep in the middle of a renovation, which is a major reason for my absence from the blog this week. Thing is, we move to the new place in a week, so a LOT has to be done in almost no time at all. It’s an old house and the previous owners had two left hands so we were eager to get stuck in right away to get the place looking and feeling at least a tiny bit liveable in the time frame we’re working with. As my work schedule continues to be manic, and we have a curious and active toddler on our hands it’s been a little, how do I put this…CRAZY! I’ve been looking forward to a renovation for two years, ever since we started looking at houses to buy, and now that I’m there, I’m surprised that it hasn’t been the exciting journey I was imagining at all. It’s been a whirlwind of decision making, calculating, juggling limited time slots with jobs that can be done in those precious hours, late nights and early mornings and the occasional {OK, regular} emotionally charged, exhaustion infused blow-out! So this has been the environment in which the cute little cabinet you see below, was created. Stressful much? Um, yes. I pulled this baby apart, sprawled out in the living room of our new home, and between rubble and complete chaos, my one-of-a-kind Piet Hein Eek original was born – Cool, Calm and Collected – not at all resembling its stylist!


In case you’re wondering what on earth I’m on about, I mentioned recently that I was taking part in a challenge brought together by paint giant Histor and Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, called 101 Karakters. The challenge was to design one of Eek’s original cabinets, of which only 101 were produced exclusively for this competition, based on up to three Histor paint colours. I have been given one of these cabinets to design for the challenge, so with my own home and taste in mind, I came up with a concept in a recent post based on a cool, calm colour palette using Histor’s Damp and Cyber as the main colours. This was the moodboard I came up with:

Piet Hein Eek Challenge

I thought the paint colours would be a little more green, but they turned out a gorgeous chalky gray/blue, which I love anyway. As I love muted colours, I decided to use Cyber on the main body of the cabinet and paint all of the edges in Damp, a slightly lighter shade.

I am crazy about the leather handles my friend’s at Nu interieur|ontwerp make, so I decided to add a pair of their cognac coloured handles to the front of my cabinet. Love the combination of the cognac leather against the muted gray/blue.



I was apprehensive of painting the cabinet at all, because I loved the ‘before‘ look so much, and considered leaving the edges unpainted to reveal the structure of the piece, but I ended up painstakingly painting those edges by hand late the night before photographing it and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. Minus the stress attack mid-project when my cabinet was lying in pieces in the middle of what looked like a war zone and major time restrictions to get it finished before the Thursday deadline, I had a ball doing this challenge and can’t wait to place my new Piet Hein Eek piece in my new home.

The cabinet is now at the Piet Hein Eek showroom in Eindhoven where it will be on display during the 101 Karakters event taking place today. After the event, I get to bring it home, just in time to start decorating the new house!

What do you think? Would you have done anything differently?

Have a wonderful weekend,

Holly x

* Photography, concept and styling by Holly Marder for Avenue Lifestyle

13 Responses to “Piet Hein Eek Challenge: After!”

  1. yzette says:

    Lovely! Your cabinet will really look great in your new home (or wherever, this one suits everywhere!). Are you in Eindhoven tomorrow as well? Otherwise good luck with the renovation! x Yzette

    • Holly says:

      Thanks Yzette! Yes, I’ll be there tomorrow. You too? Looking forward to seeing what everyone came up with. It was such a great challenge xxx

  2. yzette says:

    yes, nice to see you there, can’t wait! x

  3. Bridgee says:

    I love it Holly !! You did such a great job on it – especially given all that chaos around you ! I remember only too well what that’s like but you’ll pull through and I’m sure your house will be absolutely GORGEOUS ! xx

    • Holly says:

      Thanks so much, Bridgee! One step at a time, and the closer we get to a lovely home, the more relaxed we are becoming. Happy about this pretty new addition 🙂 x

  4. Natalie says:

    I love it, Holly! The colours are so tranquil, it’s beautiful…! Good luck with the renovation!! xx

  5. Ciara says:

    Love the end result lady, you did a beautiful job! Which is no mean skill considering everything you’re juggling at the moment, keep the end in sight and you’ll get there! And if you need to vent via Skype at any stage you know where to find me! 😉 x

  6. Janine Ross says:

    The cabinet is absolutely gorgeous, I love the colour and the addition of the leather handles is pure genius. Very well done, and, lastly, the chaos around you will soon pass but must be contributing to your natural talent!

  7. Souraya says:

    It was a pleasure to see this cabinet in real life yesterday. Think you did a great job. And this photo, wauw guess the light in your new home is amazing. Good luck with the renovation! Curious about the results 😉

  8. Lilesadi says:

    Holly, the cabinet is so beautiful, minimalistic and poetic! You will win for sure! Good luck! Fingers crossed. We still need to order these beautiful leather handles for the studio.

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