Get Drunk on Art (Finally)

The stools feature Old Masters paintings from Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum Photo: Dezeen

Finally, it’s possible to get drunk (sitting) on art. Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek has unveiled a range of bar stools featuring famous paintings from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum printed onto the seats, Dezeen has reported.

The plywood stools—a collaboration between Hein Eek and the Dutch wallpaper manufacturer NLXL—were manufactured using state of the art woodcutting machinery and a specialized wood printer to embellish his stools with paintings by the Dutch masters.

“This product can only exist through today’s techniques, CNC wood cutting machines, and wood enabled printers,” Hein Eek told Dezeen. By printing directly onto the surface, the wood grain remains visible through the image on the stool, creating a unique contrast between the material and the artwork.

The blend of modern production processes and materials juxtaposed against the Old Masters imagery inspired the designer. “I thought it would be a great idea to combine these innovations with century-old Dutch Masters from the Rijksmuseum collection,” said Hein Eek.

The stools are flat-packed and are designed to be easily assembled. The plywood legs slot together at the base of the seat. The stool was unveiled at Dutch Design Week, which took place from October 18–26 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

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