Piet Hein Eek converts former mill into holiday rentals in France

Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek has spent 10 years renovating an old mill in France’s Dordogne region into a pair of Discount Holidays © holiday homes that visitors can rent (+ slideshow).12

Piet Hein Eek Converts Former Mill Into <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Rentals In France

Designed to be rented out by two families or to a large group, the cluster of stone buildings that comprise the former mill have been split into two homes. The residences feature original exposed stone walls and terracotta tiled roofs, and are furnished with Hein Eek3‘s furniture and contemporary artwork.

Piet Hein Eek Converts Former Mill Into <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Rentals In France

The Eindhoven-based designer is best known for his scrap-wood products4, where timber off-cuts are meticulously glued together to form armchairs, sofas, and prints for wallpaper5. But he has recently branched out, launching a watch with Dutch company Leff6 during this year’s Milan design week and setting up Piet Hein Eek Architecture7.

Piet Hein Eek Converts Former Mill Into <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Rentals In France

This sister company to his design studio specialises in the conversion and renovation of former industrial buildings into offices or Discount Holidays © holiday homes8. Its first completed project is the pair of short-term rental homes in the Dordogne, a popular Discount Holidays © holiday destination in south west France named after the river that flows through the region.

Piet Hein Eek Converts Former Mill Into <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Rentals In France

The project took almost a decade to complete, including a brief hiatus during which Hein Eek focused on his Eindhoven home.


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“Had we known in advance how long it would take before we had completed work on our Discount Holidays © holiday home in France; how much energy and effort it would involve, we probably would never have done it,” said Hein Eek. “But boy, are we happy to have it now. The book I’m writing about it will be all the sweeter for it.”

Piet Hein Eek Converts Former Mill Into <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Rentals In France

“Ruins have always been my great love and are just about the only form of property that I have pursued from small,” he added.

Piet Hein Eek Converts Former Mill Into <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Rentals In France

The complex stands in an idyllic rural setting and features a large veranda overlooking the river that was once a source of power for the mill.

Piet Hein Eek Converts Former Mill Into <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Rentals In France

Refurbishments and extensions are intended to meld with the old stonework to create a seamless effect. Wood for the construction works was sourced the adjacent woodland and glazed awnings disguised with purple wisteria plants.

Piet Hein Eek Converts Former Mill Into <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Rentals In France

“We have built in the tradition but in a way as one would have done it then now,” he said. “Stone, wood, concrete, glass, stone; the houses are in nature and from nature.”

“Everything is detailed, almost everything is new, nothing stands out. It is not an architecture to stand out, or even to think about.

It is rather architecture to fall away and above all to stay in.”

Piet Hein Eek Converts Former Mill Into <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Rentals In France

The bare stone walls within are decorated with colourful art work including a vibrantly striped wallpainting by Dutch artist Jan van der Ploeg10, and Hein Eek-designed seats11 dress living spaces.


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A further artwork constructed from the discarded lids of camembert cheese packaging was created by Hein Eek and his wife Jeanine an element of thriftiness imparted from the designer’s scrap-wood products.

Piet Hein Eek Converts Former Mill Into <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Rentals In France

Strip lights are set into the wooden rafters above the bedrooms on the upper floor, while branching chandeliers illuminate the living and dining areas that are spread across the ground level. Hein Eek is currently working on the restoration of several other structures including a Friesian farmhouse and a former industrial building in Rotterdam. Photography is by Thomas Mayer13.

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Piet Hein Eek Converts Former Mill Into <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Rentals In France

Dutch studio Bloot Architecture has added a larch-clad roof extension to a 1950s summer house, featuring a glazed wall angled to frame views of the trees overhead (+ slideshow). More 1516

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References

  1. ^ Piet Hein Eek (www.dezeen.com)
  2. ^ Discount Holidays © holiday homes (www.dezeen.com)
  3. ^ Hein Eek (www.pietheineek.nl)
  4. ^ scrap-wood products (www.dezeen.com)
  5. ^ prints for wallpaper (www.dezeen.com)
  6. ^ watch with Dutch company Leff (www.dezeenwatchstore.com)
  7. ^ Piet Hein Eek Architecture (www.pietheineek.nl)
  8. ^ Discount Holidays © holiday homes (www.dezeen.com)
  9. ^ Kate Moss moves into interior design with “retro-glamour” Discount Holidays © holiday home (www.dezeen.com)
  10. ^ Jan van der Ploeg (www.janvanderploeg.com)
  11. ^ Hein Eek-designed seats (www.dezeen.com)
  12. ^ more Discount Holidays © holiday homes (www.dezeen.com)
  13. ^ Thomas Mayer (thomasmayerarchive.de)
  14. ^ Related story: Woodland Discount Holidays © holiday home updated with rooftop extension facing up to the treetops (www.dezeen.com)
  15. ^ extension (www.dezeen.com)
  16. ^ More (www.dezeen.com)
  17. ^ Larger version + story (www.dezeen.com)

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