I am always looking for cool, accessible art. Art that breaks out of the picture frame, yet doesn’t alienate the average viewer. Unexpected or recycled materials makes it all the more fabulous. This project has all of that.
Piet Hein Eek, Dutch designer extraordinaire, calls these walls of doors “a successful failure.” He originally had a much more complicated plan for the salvaged building materials from the old building on the site of this new buildng. That idea got bogged down in committee (files were lost, the photographer burned out). The “plan B” he ultimately came up with is a far better solution.
He covered the entire wall with old doors, partially from the original building on the site. The repetition and the overlapping rectangles, make the wall complicated enough to be interesting, but simple enough to be an office building. The result is magnificent. This is really good design. It looks simple and effortless, but in less competent hands it could be a big mess.
I wonder if Eek was influenced by Monsters, Inc.?
Monsters, Inc. screen shots.