Piet Hein (1905 –1996) was a Danish scientist, mathematician, inventor, designer, author, and poet.
He mastered it all and made Danish cultural life a little richer, a little prettier and a little more witty with his trademark line, his square head and his quirky language. For him there was no unbridgeable gap between the subjectivity of the fine arts and the objective world of science. He had a rare ability to bring poetry, geometry and design together in a harmonious design, where function and art is weighted equally.
His superellipse was to solve the double contrast between the circle and the square and that of the ellipse and the rectangle. Piet Hein's superellipse shape was adopted by various Scandinavian industries for use in architectural design, furniture, and household consumer products.
In addition to his work with the development of the superellipse Piet Hein has executed a great many other design commissions, from board in wood to the elegant Sinus lamp.
"Art is solution to problems which cannot be formulated clearly before they have been solved".
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