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Piet Hein, danish design and the super-egg

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Piet Hein was a modern danish renaissance man. He was born in 1905, died in 1996, studied mathematics, started art studies he never finished, started studies in theoretical physics and never finished that either. He wrote books, poetry (“gruks”); did illustration, designed objects and public spaces, researched mathematics and was a cosmopolitan. He is famous for the superellipse, though contrary to popular belief, he did not “discover” or “invent” it (everything you want to know about the mathematical properties of the superellipse and the super-egg, you can find here).

 

However; he used the superellipse to design beautiful and useful objects. Classics in danish design.

Piet Hein super-egg table

Piet Hein super-egg table

Piet Hein super-egg table

Piet Hein table

Piet Hein super-egg vases

Piet Hein svases

Piet Hein super-egg salt and pepper

Piet Hein super-egg salt and pepper

Piet Hein super-egg lamp

Piet Hein super-egg lamp

Piet Hein super-egg lamp

Piet Hein super-egg lamp

Piet Hein super-egg bowls

Piet Hein bowls

Piet Hein super-egg candle holder

Piet Hein candle holder

Piet Hein super-egg roundabout

Piet Hein roundabout

Piet Hein super-egg swimming pool

Piet Hein sswimming pool

…He did, of course, design other things, that was not based on the superellipse. In fact, being a multitalented, his interests had a huge span. I might come back to that another day, but here are some vases he designed after playing with the thought of twisting some columns on a building in Copenhagen…

Piet Hein vase

Piet Hein vase

Piet Hein vase

Piet Hein vase

 

 

benteh

“Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is”. All-round nerd with a tendency to poke things with a stick to see what happens. Doodler, artist, bookbinder, photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, web developer.

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