These tools should be a normal daily use for a furniture designer but I am not sure it is any more in the computerized world of design we are living in today. But for the Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek it sure is. I think he would be completely lost without them. Working with waste scrap wood he makes puzzling pieces of furniture out of what would otherwise just go to the bin or at the best in to your fireplace. A designer with no need for big design manners he has chosen his design studio to be in a godforsaken small place in the middle of Holland, where he creates in a very philosophical manner. His furniture has often been named as “poetic functionalism” I think this crib says a lot about that, what child needs the most contemporary complicated design? This tells you a story, you are embedded in history and above all in a royal material that will last for ever simple wood. It is done in a very subtle way of expression, quirky and unpretentious. This beautifully executed chest of drawers defines for us what is relevant in modernism for our age. It is classy rather than trendy. His furniture can be seen all over Europe. If you are in the States you need to go to San-Fransisco arkitektura insitu. For a complete look at his collections you can go to his website pietheineek.nl Amy Hunting from Norway now based in London did this Block shelf, blocks over 20 types of wood found in a London timber importers waste bin and cotton rope. For this design she won the 2nd award of Green furniture Award 2010. Her collection “Wooden Patchwork” made from off-cuts collected from factories in Denmark. The wood remnants are glued together first before being made into furniture without any screws or bolts. The lamps were made from a single block of assembled wood cut-offs. Each was successfully cut from that block until no more lamps could be made! It is really as a sawing work in wood but with no needle! Going from great craftsmanship as it best with utmost precision, sketching and deep thoughts we throw our selves into the arms of the kings of “fast food” when it comes to furniture. Godspeed is a group of designers from Tel Aviv, Israel. Their concept is to make furniture FAST and when they say fast they mean fast one hour per piece! You cannot get it more fresh than this! Concept: the product must serve a useful purpose and it must be designed by re-use materials. Available in 3 different versions Raw- unpolished version the materials are untouched and kept pure, Medium- a combination of the Raw and the fine, user friendly, Well done- resembles the “fine line” allows the most comfort! It is really the sculptural nature of the product that appeals to us. They skip the sketching phase, jumps right into the actual making of the piece almost like a performance art piece where it occurs right here and then. Honesty, humour, playfulness and wit could define their pieces.