The globally-renowned Netherlands-based Studio Piet Boon celebrate their 40th anniversary with a milestone coffee table book: 40 by Studio Piet Boon.

Founded in 1983 by Piet Boon and Karin Meyn, Studio Piet Boon has evolved from a small design studio in Oostzaan, the Netherlands, into a global brand in the span of 40 years. With a 65-person-strong team, encompassing the fields of architecture, interiors and product design, the studio have realised projects all over the world, from acclaimed private homes to unforgettable hospitality experiences. 

Recently, the studio launched 40 by Studio Piet Boon, a 500-page coffee table book dedicated to exploring 40 distinctive design ideas, each enriched with captivating photography and insightful commentary on the studio’s most iconic projects and collaborations worldwide. We caught up with Piet to discuss the studio’s evolution over the past four decades, his most memorable projects, and the importance of timeless design. 

Congratulations on celebrating 40 years of Studio Piet Boon! Could you please tell us about your book 40 by Studio Piet Boon and how it recognises this milestone?

Piet Boon: It doesn’t feel like 40 years – it’s gone by so fast. At first, we were going to approach the book like a biography, covering the past 40 years of the studio, but we decided we wanted to do something a little different. 

The book is an amalgamation of ideas – 40 to be exact. It includes projects that we have completed and projects that we are currently working on. It includes some beautiful photography of our most iconic projects and products, each the result of a successful collaboration between our clients and our talented team. It also discusses our design philosophy, preference for timelessness, and vision for the future.

Could you shed light on the evolution of Studio Piet Boon from a local construction company to a globally recognised brand?

Piet Boon: When we operated as a construction company, our work primarily involved collaborating with architects. Over time, you come to discern the specific way in which you prefer things to be done and the level of standard you aim for. I believe in maintaining consistently high quality in everything. The expansion of our business to include architecture, interior design, and product design felt almost inevitable as we pursued this commitment to quality. As our team grew in size, we were able to hire people from different countries, allowing us to undertake a broader range of international projects.

Thinking back on those early days and the amazing people involved makes me feel grateful. Studio Piet Boon is all about designs that last – combining usefulness and beauty while caring a lot about how things are made.

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Aspen House by Studio Piet Boon | Photography by Richard Powers

“Ideas are the origin of almost everything worthwhile in the world. Ideas transcend fashion, ideas transcend taste. This book is about ideas. Simple ideas with extraordinary impact.”

 

Excerpt from 40 by Studio Piet Boon

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Aspen House by Studio Piet Boon | Photography by Richard Powers

How would you describe your design approach today – and how has it evolved over the past 40 years?

Piet Boon: Initially, we focused on creating smart, beautiful, long-lasting designs. Over time, we’ve refined this approach, and today, we aim for designs that seamlessly blend functionality and aesthetics, ensuring each creation stands the test of time.

Our approach has evolved from an emphasis on surface beauty to a profound understanding of how people interact with spaces. It’s not just about what meets the eye but how designs enhance everyday life. Our process involves meticulous attention to detail, a commitment to craftsmanship, and a holistic view that considers our clients’ and their spaces’ present and future needs. This evolution reflects a journey toward creating designs that not only inspire but also truly resonate with the essence of living.

The book features 40 distinctive designs from around the globe. Of these projects, which are your most memorable and why?

Piet Boon: The Aspen project, for which Zone 4 Architects were responsible for the architecture, holds a special place for me. I admire how seamlessly the natural environment is integrated into the design. The fusion between inside and outside is striking, even in the bathroom, where the connection to the mountains creates a serene and relaxing atmosphere, forming a space to truly unwind.

We’re also currently working on a multi-residential project in Brighton, Melbourne, in collaboration with Cera Stribley Architects. The project showcases how we merge our Dutch design style with Brighton’s lifestyle and environment.

What do you think has been the key to your relevance to the global design community over the past 40 years?

Piet Boon: I believe our relevance in the global design community stems from a few key factors. First and foremost, our commitment to creating designs that transcend trends and time has been crucial. We prioritize functionality and beauty in equal measure, ensuring our creations remain relevant even as styles change.

Another key aspect is our emphasis on understanding people’s needs within spaces. Our designs are not just about aesthetics; they’re about enhancing lives, considering how individuals interact with their environments.

Moreover, our dedication to craftsmanship and attention to detail has set us apart. We aim for perfection in every aspect of our work, ensuring that quality is evident in everything we create.

Lastly, our ability to evolve and adapt while staying true to our design ethos has contributed to our continued relevance. We embrace innovation, collaborate with diverse talents and artists, and remain open to new ideas while staying rooted in our core values.

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