Piet Hein Eek expands range of moulded ceramic lamps as part of 2016 collection

Milan 2016: Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek has launched a range of new furniture and accessories, which includes a simple table lamp with a moulded ceramic shade (+ slideshow).

The collection, which ranges from large limited-edition furniture pieces to smaller items such as vases, was on show at the Spazio Rossana Orlandi gallery during Milan design week.

Single Template Lamp by Piet Hein Eek
Eek's Single Template Lamp is made from a single ceramic mould

Eek has expanded the range of moulded ceramic lamps he introduced last year to include a variety of colours and a desk edition.

Each cuboid-shaped mould has a recess containing the bulb and a simple metal switch. The Single Template Lamp can either be stood on its end or mounted on the wall as a down- or up-lighter.

Single Template Lamp by Piet Hein Eek
The ceramic mould has been mounted onto a metal rod to create a desk lamp

"It's one mould that can be used for almost every purpose; on the wall, next to the bed, on the shelves, or a desk lamp," Eek told Dezeen.

For the desk lamp, the ceramic mould is mounted onto a brass rod that is then fixed to a matching ceramic base.

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Eek created the 40x40 Ceramic Coffee Table for Rossana Orlandi

The low-tech lamp and its cardboard packaging are made entirely in-house, as are all the pieces launched in Milan, Eek told Dezeen.

"It is because you get a headache from producing with others that we do everything ourselves," Eek told Dezeen. "If it is from our brand, it is made in Eindhoven, with our own machines and our own people."

40x40 Ceramic Coffee Table by Piet Hein Eek
The table is made from 40 by 40 millimetre tiles mounted onto an aluminium frame and is designed to be used outdoors

Eek also designed a limited-edition outdoor coffee table especially for gallerist Rossana Orlandi. The table is a take on his Waste Waste 40x40 collection, which was created by meticulously gluing together 40 by 40 millimetre squares of scrap wood.

Instead of using wood, Eek used 40 by 40 millimetre ceramic tiles in pale pastel colours, which he mounted onto an aluminium frame.

"The tiles demand a ridiculous amount of work, much more than the 40x40 scrap-wood blocks," Eek told Dezeen.

Beam Cupboard No 2
The Beam Cupboard is designed to resemble a pile of stacked beams resting on a brass plinth

"We made the interior from aluminium with the punching machines and then we put porcelain on the outside, which gives a very light and strong structure to put the tiles on," he added. "It's of course extremely weatherproof compared to most other materials."

Eek also presented a limited-edition cabinet, a desk and two stools all made from scrap-wood tiles, as well as a cupboard that resembles a pile of stacked beams resting on a brass plinth.

Waste Tile Cabinet by Piet Hein Eek
Scrap-wood tiles cover Eek's limited-edition Waste Tile Cabinet

"The beams were quite similar to the ones the customer had in his farm looking over from the sofa to the field so that's how we decided to make a very low pile of beams," Eek told Dezeen. "The handles of the drawers and cabinets are hidden to make the design as convincing as possible."

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The Waxine Old Lamps Table Lights are made from a recycled lamp shade that rests on a made-to-measure base

Eek also used recycled materials to create a range of lights that resemble traditional oil lamps. Each one consists of an old lamp shade that sits on a made-to-measure metal base.

"It's a sort of mix of old vintage, classic traditional construction, and modern machines," said the designer.

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Eek created the Hand-Folded Tiny Wall Lamp by punching and folding metal to create a form shade

Eek presented a small wall lamp with a folded metal shade and a strip LED lamp, originally created for an old French mill he converted into a pair of holiday homes.

Metal Sandwich Vase by Piet Hein Eek
Sheets of waste brass, copper and steel have been used to create the Metal Sandwich Vase

A vase made from waste brass, copper and steel, and a gold velour version of Eek's army beanbag from 2015 were also on show.

Other products displayed at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during this year's Milan design week, which took place from 12 to 17 April 2016, included an eyewear collection created from test samples of new biodegradable plastics.