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Reopening theater Kunstmin

On Sunday, November 2nd, Kunstmin opens its doors to public.

12.00 -17.00

Interior design Hôtel Dupanloup

Once the home of a notorious bishop, the seventeenth century building in the town of Orléans, Hôtel Dupanloup, has recently been reconstructed to function as International Research Center of the University of Orléans. Studio Makkink & Bey developed a series of spatial installations that transform the historic Hôtel chambers into lively public spaces.

Invited by the The French Artistic Nationale Commission Makkink & Bey furnished the main room as well as 23 working/meeting rooms of Hôtel Dupanloup by creating eclectic three dimensional collages of furniture; amongst others PROOFF Worksofa's, EarChairs and SideSeats in new colourschemes, a 'Dupanloup chair- and table' specially designed for the project, antique pieces of furniture, a special edition of the Tree trunk Bench and re-designs made of Ikea furniture by students of École Supérieure d’Art et de design d’Orléans that participated in a summer workshop with Studio Makkink & Bey.

Carpets and curtains outline the reprogrammed spaces and introduce a new heraldy that narrates about the content of the local archives (such as from the local Fine Art Museum, the Frac Centre and the House of Jeanne d’Arc). The spirits of the past and present are merged and create rich contexts for researchers -and visitors of the International Research Center of the University of Orléans to meet- and work in. Even when not in use these 'room in a room' interiors are intriguing spatial still lifes that portray several layers of time, or as Director of Cultural Affair of the Centre Region Sylvie Le Clech describes them; 'A treasure hunt across centuries'.

The project will be finalized in September 2014 with the opening of the building and launch of a publication about the project development en renovation.

click here to go to the project page

Straight through the archive - Spatial interventions for Het Nieuwe Instituut

Straight through the archive, spatial interventions by Studio Makkink & Bey
in exhibition series 'Surprising finds from the collection' at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Het Nieuwe Instituut will showcase a series of three presentations, titled 'Suprising finds from the collection', in which associative stories from their architecture archives are presented. From the wealth of drawings, photos and scale models the current- and first exhibition, 'Summer Dreams', is curated by Alfred
Marks. Studio Makkink & Bey positions the archive material in an active- and contemporary context throughout the trilogy of exhibitions.

With each exhibition in the series Studio Makkink & Bey creates a spatial intervention and curates monthly guest interventions by young designers, artists and architects. The interior interventions in the former OMA interior arise by treating existing elements as modular parts. The static space becomes a dynamic landscape which creates a floor plan that is flexible and allows for a more free way of using space for installing the archive collection and guest interventions. An interior that bends with the exhibitionseasons, showing signs of a constant state of moving.

Every month Studio Makkink & Bey invites a young designer, artist and architect to create an intervention that relates to the exhibition theme and its context. By doing so a new generation merges with the archive. During the current Summer Dreams exhibition designer Rogier Arents will create a colour range grid coming from his onsite felt tip printer in July. In August artist Zoro Feigl will transform the hanging ring in the space into a moving architectonic sculpture.


Surprising finds from the collection 1/3 : exhibition Summer Dreams
08 July - 21 September 2014
Het Nieuwe Instituut

Living Spaces exhibition extended

Studio Makkink & Bey is one of few design firms who combine curatorship and design. One of the exhibitions they curated as well as designed is the exhibition Living Spaces in the Textile Museum in Tilburg. Due to its success it has been extended until June 1st. On show are abstract Dutch style rooms that provide a fascinating look at the changes in the use of textiles in the Dutch interior over the years. The period of Dutch Art Nouveau, Modernism in the 30s, the post-war period, the 70s, postmodernism and the recent period of Dutch Design for the concept room of the future: household goods. Studio Makkink & Bey designed a new collection for this concept room entitled 'Window Light', 'The Fold Site' and 'Heat Tissues'.

Cheese Maker, the sum of design, craft en education

Design, education and craft from the Netherlands and India merge together in the Cheese Maker,  a design by Studio Makkink & Bey that was made for Imperfect Design. It was successfully presented at the 2014 Milan Design Week. The Cheese Maker is a literal stack of - handmade - parts needed to make Indian cheese (paneer), such as a milk jug, a cutting board and a cheese cloth. But even more, the object is a visible result of what happens when Dutch designers collaborate with local artisans in India.

The themes of knowledge transfer, development and education form an important thread in this project. Studio Makkink & Bey worked with a local trade school in Jaipur where crafts have a central role for the development of the Cheese Maker. Jurgen Bey: "In the Netherlands we see craft gradually disappear, whereas in India it is still part of basic education." Cooperation with craft groups in India offers opportunities to contribute to knowledge and education.

Tentoonstelling De 7 Hoofdzonden hoog gewaardeerd

De Volkskrant waardeerde de tentoonstelling De 7 Hoofdzonden onlangs nog met maarliefst 4 sterren, en ook veel internationale pers toonde zich al enthousiast. In mei is de laatste kans om deze tentoonstelling nog te zien.

In de tentoonstelling De zeven hoofdzonden neemt Studio Makkink & Bey het beroemde gelijknamige schilderij van Jeroen Bosch als uitgangspunt en legt verbanden tussen kunst, vormgeving en alledaagse voorwerpen uit het verleden en heden. In zeven taferelen, veelal interieurs, verbeeldt Bosch tot welk gedrag deze zonden leiden en hoe dat tot uitdrukking komt in de omgeving van de zondaar. Studio Makkink & Bey gaat er vanuit dat de innerlijke drijfveren van een mens zijn af te lezen uit zijn omgeving en zijn interieur. Ondeugden leiden daarbij eerder tot activiteit en creativiteit dan deugden.

SUPERMODELS Doll House showing a mini KadE and KOKON Chair

'SUPERMODELS' shows scale models of our KadE Chair #01 and KOKON Double chair at its first stop: Salone del Mobile 2014 in Milan. The travelling exhibition about product design, architecture and interior architecture was initiated by the designers of Concern. Inside a doll house a compilation of Dutch design through the centuries is presented as 3D printed scale models by 3D WORKNET. Read more here or visit the doll house at Salone del Mobile from 7-14 April 2014), Via Ventura 5, Ventura Lambrate, Milano.

Interior for residence in Belgium

Studio Makkink & Bey has completed the design of a home of one of our clients. Bright colors and bespoke furniture and furnishings fit the wonderful art collection and set the design apart.

Want to Work at Home in Z33 Hasselt Belgium?

1st of december 2013 until March 30 2014

Would you like to try out the Work at Home #3 module by Studio Makkink & Bey in the exhibition Atelier à Habiter yourself? Be sure to make reservations here. The new versions of Work at Home and Lost in Translation are shown in Z33 as part of the exhibition Atelier à Habiter. This is an experiment through which artists, architects and designers aim to rethink and redefine the concept of ‘dwelling’. Z33 shows a wide range of proposals for accommodations that are well equipped for the demographic, social, environmental and economic conditions which continue to fluctuate rapidly. To expand on the theme of nomadic dwelling, the work dormer is now portable and foldable too. Upon entering Z33 you'll see the wooden work unit sitting on the entrance stairs. At Z33, creative professionals take on a role as a planner, organizer and designer in an 'atelier à habiter' or dwelling workshop.

Photography: Kristof Vrancken

V&A Museum London acquires Ear Chairs

The Design Fund to Benefit the V&A, established by Yana Peel, enabled the museum to acquire five contemporary design projects for their permanent collection. Martin Roth, Director of the V&A, regards the Ear Chair to be "one of the best and most exciting design projects of our time". The V&A deems the chairs to significantly enhance their holding of contemporary design, a collection which reflects what is new, influential, innovative or experimental, and what is representative of current trends in design and society. The annual selection of acquisitions is displayed for the first time during London Design Festival. This year's pieces will be on display in the V&A's New Acquisitions Gallery, Room 19a. Read more.

 

Exhibition The Tyranny of Objects

Exhibition from October 16th 2013 until January 4th 2014. Galerie des Galeries exhibition venue on the first floor of Galeries Lafayette in Paris.

The Vacuum Cleaner Chair is exhibited in 'La Tyrannie des Objects' curated by Alexandra Fau. The objects in the exhibition were handpicked by her to encourage visitors to see daily objects in a different light. Their common features were tweaked in such a way that the objects emphasize, or comment on their relationship with us. In case of the Vacuum Cleaner Chair (part of the Dust Furniture series) dust is turned into an essential part of the household. Instead of removing dust, the vacuum cleaner collects it to give mass to the dust bag furniture.

 

Work at Home at SELF UNSELF

Design Academy Eindhoven: guest at the museum from 19th of October 2013 until November 7th 2013.

Foodprint Erasmusveld Utility Associations, Silver Sugar Spoon and part of INDUSTRIOUS|artefacts are on show at the Van Abbemuseum during SELF UNSELF. Following this year's Design Academy Graduation Show theme; 'Self Unself', the Van Abbemuseum is showing works that explore the tensions between ‘I’ and ‘we’ in contemporary design. the exhibition centrals around the role of the individual in the work of the latest generation of designers and how they value the collective.

Work at Home at the Klokgebouw during DDW

Work at Home is presented by Organisation in Design at the Klokgebouw during the Dutch Design Week. The dormer is an extended roof and window serves as a basis for a hybrid work unit, a. Inside, it has a desk, shelving and even a small heater and chimney, and a large window overlooking the surroundings.

Photography: Klaas Vermaas

Exhibition: The Seven Sins

Exhibition from September 14th 2013 to May 18th 2014. Commissioned by Centraal Museum Utrecht.

The 15ht century painting 'The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things' by Hieronymus Bosch serves as the starting point for Studio Makkink & Bey's 7 sins exhibition in the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. 

In the painting the sins are shown in scenes from everyday life. The objects in the exhibition parallel the ones in the painting to dissociate them from their usual frame of reference, so different connections amongst them can be imagined. This way, the pieces from the museum's collection, works by Studio Makkink & Bey and by other contemporary designers and artists might establish some thread from the world then to the world we're in now. Visitors can see unanticipated connections amongst the fashion, art, applied art, urban history and discover the narrative power objects can have.

The Centraal Museum also says goodbye to its parting curator and deputy director Ida van Zijl at the opening of the exhibition on Sunday the 15th of September. Please send an e-mail to rsvp@centraalmuseum.nl if you'd like to join us there.

Werkstadt Vienna at The New Institute's The Ruin

June 22nd until  September 15th 2013

The exhibition shows parts of recent exhibitions by sister organizations, each of which touches on an aspect of the future agenda of The New Institute (formerly known as NAi) in Rotterdam. 

Werkstadt Vienna shows what happens when young designers are coupled with traditional manufacturers, and how important local and regional production methods are as an engine of innovation. Werkstadt Vienna is an exhibition of the Vienna Design Week in collaboration with MAK – Museum of Applied Arts/ Contemporary Art in Vienna. Curators: Sophie Lovell, Studio Makkink & Bey.

Starting Something - during Beijing Design Week 2013

From 26th of September to the 3rd of October 2013.

Starting Something is curated by studio maarten kolk & guus kusters and Jurgen Bey and is initiated by of the city of Amsterdam, as part of their guest city program during the Beijing Design Week 2013. The project aims to exchange views about art and design, to share experiences and knowledge and to learn from each others work methods, approaches and industries. Students of The Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and 30 designers from the Netherlands participate in workshops, lectures and food interventions and Starting Something exhibition.

Sandberg Masters 2013

Sandberg director Jurgen Bey congratulates all graduates of The Sandberg departments who've exhibited their graduation shows throughout Amsterdam (from July 3rd to 7th 2013). For more info please visit the Sandberg website.

Vacant NL was the first of all departments to open their graduation exhibition Always Temporary, on Friday 28th. It runs until July 7th, 11 am. - 7 pm at the Contemporary Art Lab at Looiersgracht 60.

Next up: Design - Think Tank for Visual Strategies opens Friday July 5th between 6-8 pm at Toren Overhoeks, Overhoeksplein 1. Exhibition July 5 - 7th, daily between 12 - 8 pm.

Fine Arts - Festival of Choices at various galleries in Amsterdam. Opens after diploma ceremony at Paleis van de Weemoed, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 15. Exhibitions July 5 - 7th, some longer. Please check the the gallery schedule.

Dirty Art Department opens with Any Space is the Space, at NASA on July 2nd, 6 - midnight. Exhibition July 3 - 7th.

Studio For Immediate Spaces opens on July 3, 6 - 9 pm. Exhibition July 3 - 7th at Sandberg's homebase: Frederik Roeskestraat 96, floor 5. Please the site check for exact dates.

3 pavilions in the Natura Docet landscape garden

Provincial Museum of Natural History Natura DocetWonderryck landscape garden. Open from June 7th 2013

Design of three wooden pavilions in the new Wonderryck landscape garden, next to the Provincial Museum of Natural History Natura Docet in the eastern part of the Netherlands. While the museum building was renovated by SeARCH, LOLA architects laid the basis for the overall park design and redesigned the garden. Each framework has its own significance in enhancing a certain wildlife experience as a bees hotel, a living bridge or an 'indoor' biotope. 

The 'indoor biotope' stands on a roundabout and has the form of a house for humans, but is in fact intended for animals and plants only, humans are kept out with beams that block the doorway. The house on the prairie is furnished with a mix of grasses, shrubs and a fruit tree attracting insects, birds and other small animals that are protected by the road around it. The living bridge across the water with built-in benches, soon to be completely overgrown with wild Clematis to hide the people inside, is also an observatory and study cabin. Local beekeepers took residence in their new bee tower that references the industrial salt towers known to the area. The platform on top can be reached with a ladder and provides an outlook as well as a possibility to move the hive body high up on the platform, where bees feel at ease. Read more...

PROOFFlab presents new ideas at Salone del Mobile Milan

9th – 14 th April 2013 | Emporio building in Opificio Courtyard | Via Tortona 31, Milan

During the Salone del Mobile 2013 in Milan a PROOFFlab will present work in progress that centrals around the theme of acoustics. Studio Makkink & Bey asked Belgian collective jij's, a spin-off from architects de vylder, vinck, tailleu, and Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters to work in tandem on the acoustics theme. Architects dvvt's design of a modular cabinet is based on changing space and sound with an acoustic wall unit that can serve as a divider of space. In the end, costumers purchase a blue print, the architect's drawing hours and the cabinet maker's hours. The Cloud Boxes in three sizes by Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters, box in space for hiding and concentration, or it diffuses the light of a lamp that is placed inside. Studio Makkink & Bey has designed a movable work unit: 'Work At Home' can be appended to the rooftop of a house and removed when is no longer wanted. The prototype is a blue foam dormer that doubles as a desk with a shelf and even a small heater and chimney. While it can be delivered at your doorstep, construction and installing shouldn't be any harder than installing a dormer. Please find more information on PROOFFlab's new blog.

 

Shop Window for Hermès Japon

January 24 – March 19, 2013

Maison Hermès asked Studio Makkink & Bey to design a window display with a sports theme. A Soft Gust Of Wind merges softness, kite flying and the act of making to connect with the skillfully made fashion of Hermès. It features kites, whirlwinds, woolen felt, a landscape in threads, a Japanese master and a mastermind sewing an imaginary universe.
i.c.w. Anke Weiss

Tokyo: Fantasy Room For Working

Hikarie 8/ aiiima, Shibuya, Hikarie, Tokyo - February 19th until March 3rd 2013

On show in the Creative Lounge in Tokyo Japan: Earchairs, Worksofa's, one SideSeat, one KadE Chair and a Vacuum Cleaner Chair, stools and aprons - and our founder Jurgen Bey. He will work in the Aiiima space behind the exhibition in a big shared office space. Wi-Fi, smartphones, working 24/7 everywhere in worldwide networks doesn’t mean we don’t need offices. What should office spaces look like? The social designers of Studio Makkink & Bey continue to explore the idea of a Progressive Office in a series of furniture.

Between the 18th and 25th of February, Jurgen Bey will take office here, to meet with potential clients. Are you aspiring to make use of the design skills of Studio Makkink & Bey? Make sure you visit Aiiima during Jurgen Bey's stay.

 

PROOFF Stand in permanent collection Centraal Museum Utrecht

The Centraal Museum has acquired the ‘Prooff Stand working and living landscape’ and is displaying part of it in Expo 3. Several pieces are exhibited on a rack shelving system together with the PROOFF floor boards that form a unity with the wall panels. The items on display include the SlowCar, the EarChair and the newly designed SideSeat together with several of our WorkSofa's, the electric WorkTable and the Social Sculpture. The floor and wall panels show the worklandscape as envisioned by Studio Makkink & Bey. The exhibition runs until May 25ht 2014. Please visit the Centraal Museum's website to plan a visit.

Imperfect Design by Studio Makkink & Bey

At the invitation of Dutch DFA Jurgen Bey and Rianne Makkink, traveled together with Monique Thoonen (Imperfect Design), Lonny of Rijswyck, Jan Taminiau, Joost Grootens and Simon Davies to Mumbai in India.

The objective of this journey was to focus on design and local crafts and to strengthen the international position of the Dutch creative industry by promoting long-term international relationships. Jurgen Bey and Rianne Makkink continued their way to India and travelled further from Delhi to Agra, Rajasthan and Mumbai to visit various craft collectives. Follow the project on Facebook.

 

Werkstadt Vienna, Design Engaging the City

Commissioned by MAK Vienna. Exhibition from 12th of December 2012 to 17th of March 2013.

The Passionswege exhibition shows local production workshops based on a 19th century tradition of passionate cooperation between the Viennese applied arts industry. Read more here and here.

MAK Exhibition hall, MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, Vienna

Curator: Thomas Geisler and Guest Curator: Sophie Lovell, design: Studio Makkink & Bey.

SideSeat on tour

The SideSeat is the latest addition to a portfolio of products and is available at Prooff. It is a self-contained desk, cupboard and chair which moves with you and it was presented at Super Brands London and Orgatec Cologne.

Interior design De Rotterdam

Together with team members GROUP A and Roukens + Van Gils, Studio Makkink & Bey has been selected for a two staged European tender to design the interior of De Rotterdam which is located next to the iconic Erasmus bridge. De Rotterdam was designed by OMA and is conceived as a vertical city: three interconnected mixed-use towers accommodating offices, apartments, a hotel, conference facilities, gym, shops, restaurants, and cafes. The aim is to reinstate the vibrant urban activity of trade, transport, leisure that was once familiar to the neighborhood. Rotterdams' municipal offices will occupy the 33 floors of the middle tower out of three. The designers envisage an interior that reflects a 'vertical city' linking 'urban hubs' for collective use, meeting and interaction and will be completed in the course of 2014.

Exhibition design INTERIEUR Kortrijk 2012

Part of Future Primitives. 20 - 28 October 2012, Kortrijk Belgium.

The exhibition design 'Lost In Translation' shows industrial materials that become the frame of a house, and self-build becomes the norm. Domesticity is detached from brick and mortar or the value of a mortgage, but now deals with the social relations between members of temporary groups and nomadic aspects of mobility. The projectroom showed one minute films with scenes that display how changed parameters have a strong influence on the way we live.

What if 'on the way' no longer exists, but on the way is a place itself? We'd always be staying somewhere now. We might get lost in translation while living privately in public, our carefully designed infrastructure then would become our living. In this future primitive, how would we dwell, what would we store? We work while blurred landscapes pass by, we sleep at 12000 meters during a flight and the attic has moved into big yellow self-storage boxes along the highway. Home is where the heart is. Please find more information on Dezeen and here.

One night in Buijtenbed: a polder cabin

It was possible on Saturday 6 and Sunday, October 7 2012 during 'Food on the levee' in Barendrecht.

The mini festival on the farm at the Noldijk in Barendrecht included 3 tools of Werkplaats Buijtenland. Cook / designer Lucas Mullié was cooking in the Buijten/Outside Kitchen by Elmo Vermijs while Buijten/Outside Brewery by Henriette Waal produced apple juice and cider. Stunning views over the land could be seen during a stay in Buijten/Outside Bed by Studio Makkink & Bey.

Photography: Ralph Kämena

Mapping Flevoland

A summer event organized by Museum De Paviljoens to present the Summer School projects in collaboration with the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. In the period 2009-2012 students of the academy investigated the cultural identity of Flevoland and the Noordoostpolder.

Summer School 2012

During a Summer School session on August 22nd - 30th 2012, we made a new kind of production landscape 1:1, based on a three themes: compost, water and energy. While working in groups, we set up three utility associations: the Association of Clean Water & Energiepath & Compost. These are based on, existing industrial utilities such as water, electricity and waste companies.

This idea stems from Utility Associations Erasmusveld, an earlier project that was realized in cooperation with Stroom The Hague. With these utility associations we wanted to propose a shared responsibility for the development of the area and reverse the process of how a district is usually designed. Students were invited to work as pioneers and react on the typical Dutch polder environment of the Noordoostpolder. The students could stay in very unusual mobile accommodations in Kraggenburg such as a kingcab, a caravan, alpenkreuzer and woodsheds that were especially designed to accommodate Noordoostpolder explorers.

The results of the summer school were part of the exhibition Mapping Flevoland on 15 and 16 September 2012.

Utrecht Manifest NO. 4: A Working Landscape

On May 1st, former mayor of Utrecht Annie Brouwer-Korf, initiator Harm Scheltens and art director Jurgen Bey opened Utrecht Manifest NO. 4, followed by a speech by journalist and author Tracy Metz. A parade took us past the exhibition spaces: an empty lot and the Rotsoord workspace, where flags were spray painted by Hektor..and Utrecht Manifest NO. 4 was officially open to the public. 

Through various viewpoints, this years' biennial for social design examined worklandscapes in the urban area of Rotsoord. A taste of Rotsoord's potential for food production is found in Edible Landscape. The Networked Landscape examined cross-pollinations of knowledge and skills. Clever and inventive ways of production were exhibited in the exhibition Helpdesk Rotsoord; which served as food for discourse. After tasting Rotsoord beer and pesto, parades, lectures and Drive-thru-debates, working with designers, local experts, residents and businesses, the biennial has ended. 

Visit Utrecht Manifest NO. 4 in the virtual tour on our website. Or, for more information, please check: utrechtmanifest.nl. Utrecht manifest is working on a publication about the biennial, which is to be released soon.

 

Education Trestles and Easels was shortlisted for the Frame Moooi Award 2012

Designer Philippe Starck, handpicked the top 10 finalists of the Frame Moooi Award 2012. Congratulations Bertjan Pot!

Milaan Mini-symposium Never Mind the Mainstream - Experiment and Design

April 18th, 14.00 - 17.00 uur, Triennale Museum Milaan, Viale Emilio Alemagna 6

Jurgen Bey will speak at Never Mind the Mainstream together with Aaron Betsky, Anne Mieke Eggenkamp, Konstantin Grcic, Rogier van der Heide, Hella Jongerius, Pieter Kool, Julia Lohmann and Petra Schmidt. They will talk about experiment and research in the historical and contemporary design industry/production in Germany and the Netherlands.

 

Camper shoe shop in Lyon: a store concept

The design for a new store concept for a Camper shoe shop in Lyon, is grounded in basic walking movements. Movements forward, upward and downward are shaped in staircase pedestals, stools or stepladders and outlined in bright red lines on the stairs, wall and floor. Stairs represent the conjunction of separate places. While performing as a place to meet, sit on or pass through, they expand places and establish rhythm, depth and infinity of spaces.

Open for public in May: Utrecht Manifest Helpdesk

How do you expose the potential of a specific site? The urban area Rotsoord, in the Dutch city of Utrecht, was transformed into a work space between May and July 2012 under the art direction of Jurgen Bey. Utrecht Manifest edition 4 settled in the former industrial site of Rotsoord to investigate it under the main theme of A Working Landscape through four main projects. A Working Landscape is a development model to help convert Rotsoord into a gateway to the inner city. Curators programmed exhibitions, debates, a help desk, workshops and field projects to activate this process. 

A Working Landscape - 4 projects: Studio Makkink & Bey asked Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters to open a 'Helpdesk Rotsoord' for the area's residents and curate an exhibition about production processes. In 'The Networked Landscape' Sophie Krier investigated available knowledge and skills. Ester van de Wiel explored the possibilities for food production and processing in the city to turn these into working tools in her project: 'Edible Landscape'. 'The Broader Landscape'  performed as a public platform for the analysis of the potential of the urban landscape as a living, learning and working domain. Read more and find out about our activities here.

Watch the video of Symposium Me Craft/You Industry

Video: Rianne Makkink and Jurgen bey speak at the symposium Me Craft/You Industry. Makkink describes the consequences of changing the Zuiderzee landscape. These weren't just the radically different vista and the smell of saltwater that made way for solid clay, crafts and their organizational forms shifted completely. Fishermen were to produce all kinds of food as farmers, fingers operated buttons instead of knitting fishing nets. Along with this came a change of tools. Chained specialized handwork turned into industrial machine production and not simply to make everything quick and easy. Jurgen Bey continues: 'If this were true, we'd soon invent a button to make life pass swiftly without any effort.' We make our world in likeness of society. Where in the nineties design was driven by handwork and crafts as a way of small scale making, now, in our computerized world, the focus lies on the process and causes design to shift toward the machine. Shrinking manufacturing allows production to move back into our cities, next to one-man factories such as the shoemaker and locksmith that are already there. What will happen if production is again, more physically ingrained in our daily lives?

To watch Smári McCarthy, Henk Oosterling, Pieter Tordoir and designers Dries Verbruggen (Unfold), Hanna-Lisette Wiesener (Trikoton) and Kieren Jones speak, go here.

Dutch Design Workspace for Dutchdfa in Mumbai

Architects, designers and other entrepreneurs from the creative sector with plans to set up shop in India, can hire a workplace here including the use of meeting rooms. The Workspace in Lowel Parel, a central district which is growing out to be the creative hotspot of Mumbai. The interior is a mix of Dutch and Indian styles and is designed by Studio Makkink & Bey. Workstations form part of a fully-equipped shared office space and can be rented for short and long term use. Dutch designers setting up in India will receive business support that has been specifically tailored to the local context. A permanent feature of the Workspace is a design desk for hosting matchmaking activities between Dutch and Indian design companies. Read more here.

'Vacant NL, where architecture meets ideas' winner of the 2011 Rotterdam Design Prize

Vacant NL challenges the government to hand over keys instead of money so that, while vacant, buildings can serve as places where connections and cross-pollinations can arise that will catalyse future plans. As a statement, Rietveld Landscape's Vacant NL is saying, 'Right time, right place – let’s go!'. We hope that policy makers will recognize the potential of space as a currency, when money is running short to subsidize progress. Read more here.

Jurgen Bey ambassador of The Green Design Competition

The selected 40 participants submit their perfected proposals for round 2 before April 6th 2012.

Participants in this contest are challenged to design a product and write a business plan, that contributes to sustaining biodiversity, either in concept, design and production, or usage.
The Green Design Competition is initiated by Dutch Design Week and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. Entries are now closed.

For information please visit: www.thegreendesigncompetition.com

The Free-range Shelter: an innovative free stall dairy farm

Commissioned by the Province of Utrecht, i.c.w. LaMi, CBKU and Henk den Hartog.

Upscaling without expansion, the well-being of cows and the versatile farmer are all integrated in the design of an innovative dairy farm. The organic dairy farm of Henk and Wilma den Hartog Abcoude, is shaped by double use and stacking spatial features in a cost-effective building plan. The shape of the energy neutral farm is based on the roof of average farms, but it remains unfinished and open for the free grazing dairy cows. Originally a forest animal, the cow can find shelter underneath the partially canopied pasture. At the same time, this canopy is the modular home and work complex that accommodates all the activities of a modern farmer. In the course of time, recreational and educational tasks were added to the farming profession. This is why the hovering farmhouse is a roof, dairy farm, office, education space, temporary lodging and home in one. Studio Makkink & Bey started to experiment with upscaling. This soon led to a number of proposals which weren't introverted and inward, like the current freestalls, but have an outward view. The result: a Free-range Shelter with the possibility to expand to a Free-range Farm. Read more here.

‘Vacant NL, Where Architecture Meets Ideas' wins Dutch Design Awards

Vacant NL calls on the Dutch government to utilize the vast amount of vacant properties in The Netherlands for creative enterprise, networks and innovation. The Dutch exhibit for the International Architecture Biennale of Venice 2010, was curated by Rietveld Landscape. Vacant NL was a team effort by: Jurgen Bey, Joost Grootens, Ronald Rietveld, Erik Rietveld, Saskia van Stein, Barbara Visser and Claus Wiersma, who visualized the potential of vacancy in their installation of blue, floating buildings with different typologies. Because of Jurgen Bey's part in this project and being director of the Sandberg Institute, the Venice project spawned a new, two-year masters program called Vacant NL at the Sandberg Institute. Together with teachers Barbara Visser, Ester van de Wiel, soon Frank Havermans and 9 students, heads of department Erik and Ronald Rietveld work on proposals for unoccupied spaces to create ideal conditions for app developers.

Foodprint Utility Associations Erasmusveld

Commisioned by Stroom Den Haag. Exhibition from 30th September to 16th October.

Erasmusveld is an urban development area in The Hague that is set out to become a highly sustainable and self-sufficient neighborhood. Studio Makkink & Bey was asked by Stroom to introduce a design strategy that performs as an incentive for sustainability in Erasmusveld.

Instead of drawing a layout of streets, we started with a social structure and tried to form a community. Together with future inhabitants, local clubs, companies, the local government, policy makers and other parties who are involved with the developments in the area, we founded pioneering Utility Associations. Solid bonds can help support the sharing of responsibilities and caring for shared space. The theme of each association corresponds with existing public utilities such as: the water company, energy suppliers and the waste company. 

In the 'Clean Water Association' members help to clean rain water for future households with purifying slugs and algae-eating fish. The bees on the asphalt strip of the Energy Path Association, improve the immune system of locals with their custom made honey who can also get their share ofpumpkin turnover, produced by the Compost Association. On the compost, people can harvest eggs and meat from a variety of free range chickens who live between the pumpkins that grow on the compost pile. Read more about the Utility Associations Erasmusveld here.

Studio Makkink & Bey was selected to design the interior of Theater Kunstmin in Dordrecht.

Schouwburg Kunstmin is part of Dutch heritage and is of great cultural and historical value. As one of the last remaining buildings of architect Sybold Van Ravesteyn, the theater is deserving of an interior that pays a tribute to his neo architecture. We're aiming to design an interior that matches up to the elegant space like a well-fitting suit. To quote a newspaper in 1887: a theater should be the equivalent of a woman in full dress.

The completion of the interior of Schouwburg Kunstmin in Dordrecht is expected in 2014.

The Crate Series on show at Design Miami/Basel by Spring Projects

Tuesday, 14 June to Saturday 18 June
Daily from 11am-7pm.

Design Miami/ Basel takes place in Hall 5 of Messe Basel, a short walk from Halls 1 and 2, where Art 42 Basel is held.

The Crate Series: Household Crates

These shipping crates, normally used to temporarily house goods, take on a more solitary role as a sized down household unit. Each of the crates trade off space against utility. The various models encompass a specific function, concentrated inside the crate and in its material finish. In their original guise as freight packaging, the crate protects its contents, but as furniture they become a means of personal autonomy. Hiding and disguising are integral to these objects. The wooden retreats can be used to seclude a person from the outside world, but when unfolded they become furnishings inside an already furnished room. While travelling, they can form a familiar space within unknown spaces.
 
The Crate Series is an enquiry into the delineations in public and private time and space as well as the role of the objects we use within these spheres. Just as the function of a singular household appliance doesn't mark or dominate a room with its purpose of existence, so the bed hidden inside the BedCrate doesn't denote the room as a bedroom nor the bath and basin to a bathroom. This is a unifying theme of the series as the ClockCrate attempts to smother its own ticking sound and the VacuumCleanerCrate cleans up after serving tea from its built-in trolley.

Exhibition INDUSTRIOUS|artefacts opens May 26th 2011

Studio Makkink & Bey and the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen present 'INDUSTRIOUS|artefacts', the evolution of crafts. The exhibition opens May 27, 2011 through February 12, 2012.

Guest curators Rianne Makkink and Jurgen Bey address the evolution of production processes and small industries through the work of Dutch and international designers.

Industrial developments are shown along the lines of the Zuiderzee history and extends itself to current representations of the production process. The work is grouped around three thematic sections: local resources, industrial processes and imaginative hybrid objects. This exhibition draws on the Museum’s historic collection complemented with inventive machines by young designers. This interaction between past and present-day expressions of design, illustrates how design affects every day life.

About the Zuiderzee Museum
The Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen is oriented toward art, culture and heritage of the former Zuiderzee area and the IJsselmeer area. Communities, crafts and water play a central role in the Museum’s many exhibitions.

Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen

3244 Worked All Europe

Studio Makkink & Bey was asked by Droog Design and designer Theo Theodorou to design tableware. Through a collaboration with talented graduates from art schools and the work of local artisans from various countries in Europe, we will create a European dinner set and build a creative network at the same time.

1 month, 160 hours in a train. Our designer Daphnée Lanternier is crossing borders through The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Poland, Austria, The Czech Republic, Slovenia, Serbia and Turkey. On her travels, she visits talented craftspeople in 9 European countries. Each of the countries was chosen for a specific craft the country is famous for. So, Dutch ceramics, Scandinavian needlework, Polish amber, Bohemian glass, Vienese silver ware, Balkan wood, Turkish carpets are the incentives to create a mug, plate, table cloth, napkin, napkin ring, glass, carafe, candle holder, salt cellar, cuttlery, tea pot, tea cup, table, carpet, chair, bowl, spoon, trunk.

Dinners will be held in each of the countries visited by our studio. Dinner guests enjoy dinner together with Theo Theodorou and while using the table ware that was created.

To see Daphnee's journey, visit her blog: workedalleurope.blogspot.com

 

3243 Cabin Seat at Galleria Nilufar Milano

Nilufar presents on Monday, April 11th 2011: ATOMI

The Cabin Seat is a paneled worklandscape. An enclosed space for one person offering a possibility to retreat and create some privacy. Spacial functions shift from room to product in this open structure, which is a desk and a work space at the same time. The work questions the distinction between object and the notion of space. Wooden boards can be easily slotted into the construction. Flexibility, its' easy deconstruction and reconstruction are shown in the construction which is modular, but also references mobility. The cabin implicates model making and the colorful, evenly cut multiplex boards give the structure its playful traits. The open and versatile structure has the look of a spacial drawing and leaves enough room to interpret the work. The cabin recalls an actual space from the past; when the studio gathered in a construction workers’ trailer to have lunch and discuss projects.

The exhibition will run till the end of May, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m,, Monday from 3 p.m till 7:30 p.m.


Galleria Nilufar 20121 Milano, 30|32 via della Spiga  www.nilufar.com

3202 Slide-fence for the Reimerswaalhof courtyard

Slide-fence by Studio Makkink & Bey, commissioned by housing corporationYmere.

Location: Reimerswaalhof in Amsterdam New West, in the district of Osdorp. Opening on the 1st of March 2011.

Studio Makkink & Bey was asked to develop a concept to define the private spaces in the courtyards of Reimerswaal. Both the play sculpture, and courtyard fence are fused together - combining the private and public functions of street furniture. The buildings around the 'Reimerswaalhof' courtyard were designed by Mecanoo architects. The buildings include social housing, private sector housing, wheelchair accessible housing, apartments, an office space and an elementary school. Houses and additional facilities were designed to integrate public and private components through shared spaces.

The fence marks a transition between the private features that are typical for an enclosed yard and the public character of the space around it. The play sculpture by Studio Makkink & Bey was designed to invite the schoolchildren of Sint Lukas elementary school to share their domain with the children who live there. The children can easily slide back and forth over the borderline between private and public domain. By doing so, they playfully soften and smudge the boundaries of ownership.

Like the architecture of the surrounding buildings, the fences form a family together. Individually, the railings each maintain their own character and depict their own story, while the line drawings in steel rods create perspective and a spatial effect. Domestic elements were used to make the public space feel safe and comfortable.

Reimerswaalhof is the first of nine courts in the District Reimerswaal to have been realized and others will soon follow.

The slide-fence was made possible with financial support from the Amsterdam Art Fund, the Amsterdam New West District, Sint Lukas elementary school and housing corporation Ymere.

Exhibition Field Work Noordoostpolder

Exhibition from november 23th  2010 untill april 3rd 2011 in Nieuwland Museum Lelystad

Field Work Noordoostpolder is the result of a project by Maarten Kolk and Atelier NL (Nadine Sterk en Lonny van Rijswijck). The group was invited by Studio Makkink & Bey to work on a project for one year and dive into the history of the Noordoostpolder and the reclamation of land. The three designers, all graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven, investigated local vegetation, animals, plants and culture as well as archeology, the composition of soil and the agricultural use.

This YouTube movie features an interview with the designers.

http://www.nieuwlanderfgoed.nl/

3139 Uithof Expeditions

In cooperation with the University of Utrecht and together with designer Henriëtte Waal, Studio Makkink & Bey has put together a series of walks through the Uithof campus area.

The expeditions form a strategic year plan to delineate cultural components that are present in the area. Aiming at experiences, use, and visibility of special features of the Uithof, the walks progressively chart the Uithof campus into a cultural map. The first two walks have been completed and together with a website, inscribed mugs and benches, screensaver announcements on all Uithof computers, the project was launched on Friday 10th of December. The festivities were escorted by two musicians who marched alongside the first explorers of the Uithof Expeditions.

The university campus is undergoing transformations, the was oiginally planned to serve a working, or studying population, but is now slowly becoming more residential. As more functions are being added to the physical curriculum of the Uithof, the terrain as a whole remains largely undisclosed to visitors and new residents. To change this and to reveal its special characteristics, each of the walks touches on a subject relating to the area. The Uithof Expeditions lead anyone who's interested along it's artworks, secret places, architectural highlights as well as overlooked constructions, its' nature and its' history. The walks will be carefully composed in combined effort by an artist and an expert of the subject matter.
The project is announced on the sreensavers of the university computers, special mugs (available on campus) were inscribed with coordinates, outdoor benches were designed with an inlay of instructions and there's a website that is linked to a GPS system. Participants can cross-examine the terrain, add new finds and knowledge to a database both analogously and online. Anyone can participate in adding Uithof secrets, by geo-tagging and using a Flickr account. A network of knowledge is being developed integrating data of the physical landscape with knowledge available within the university faculties.

 

The first two walks investigate the history and culture of De Uithof. By partially restoring a disregarded Dutch water defense system from the 17th century, history was transported to present times. De Hollandse Waterlinie was traced back and made tangible in the Tank-trench Walk, a route that can be explored this spring. The other route explores the artworks that were bought over the years and can be found dispersed over the area. The art collection is chronologically unveiled, following the year of creation. The art collection that was bought with public funds that are part of a percentage agreement stating that part of the expenses should go to buying art. The last artwork was added by Studio Makkink & Bey; it is a bench the artwork coordinates inscripted in the surface.

http://www.uithofexpedities.nl/

3199 Gastgastgeber panorama's

The interior that was designed for Gastgastgeber in Oberhausen was meticulously photographed by Arie de Ruiter, who composed 360˚ degree images of his footage. By clicking on the image you can open a window to navigate through the rooms. 

http://www.ariederuiter.nl

3216 Household Crates on show in Spring Projects Gallery in London

Exhibition from 5th November to 16th December: Spring Projects London.

The Crate Series: Household Crates

These shipping crates, normally used to temporarily house goods, take on a more solitary role as a sized down household unit. Each of the crates trade off space against utility. The various models encompass a specific function, concentrated inside the crate and in its material finish. In their original guise as freight packaging, the crate protects its contents, but as furniture they become a means of personal autonomy. Hiding and disguising are integral to these objects. The wooden retreats can be used to seclude a person from the outside world, but when unfolded they become furnishings inside an already furnished room. While travelling, they can form a familiar space within unknown spaces.
 
The Crate Series is an enquiry into the delineations in public and private time and space as well as the role of the objects we use within these spheres. Just as the function of a singular household appliance doesn't mark or dominate a room with its purpose of existence, so the bed hidden inside the BedCrate doesn't denote the room as a bedroom nor the bath and basin to a bathroom. This is a unifying theme of the series as the ClockCrate attempts to smother its own ticking sound and the VacuumCleanerCrate cleans up after serving tea from its built-in trolley.

http://www.springprojects.co.uk

Spring Projects
Spring house
10 Spring Place
London NW5 3BH

3173 Silver Sugar Spoon at Lichtenstein museum Vienna

Studio Makkink & Bey invites you and your friends to the Silver Sugar Spoon exhibition at the Liechtentein museum in Vienna.

30th of september - 15th of november, Grand Opening of the Vienna design week, Thursday, 30th september 2010.

Studio Makkink & Bey are proposing to design tableware and products in answer to the Habsburg valuables found in the Imperial Silver Collection. To start the project our designers delved into the history of sugar and silver, Imperial conduct and pastry cooking. Sugar used to be equally valuable to silver and many affluent citizens were eager to display their wealth by presenting centerpieces entirely made of sugar and by treating their guests to extravagant desserts. Studio Makkink and Bey will partner with two highly specialised companies, Sugar Bakery K.U.K. Demel and silversmith company Jarosinski & Vaugoin, both of which used to serve the Habsburg family during their reign.

The studio has been a temporary sugar laboratory to test and sketch out objects before casting them in silver. A collection of six sugar spoons are transformed into silverware. A tablecloth serves as a chronicle of the sugar history, stories being embroidered or drawn on the textile cloth. A carpet of forty-two square meters lays around the tablecloth and represents the production process of sugar in correlation to the forty-two kilos of sugar consumed per person in Austria every year. Each kilo of sugar cubes requiring one square meter in order to be produced. The centerpiece is a big vase, containing a flower arrangement made of sugar. The vase is a beautifull demonstration of the Silver making by its size, fifty centimeters high. Its shape has been drawn by the silhouette of a dessert spoon. Both vase and imagery, work together to create an optical illusion. The image on the tablecloth is deformed in such a way that the bulged reflection on the vase restores it back into original, coherent version (an optical illusion known as anamorphy). The Silver Sugar Spoon is a frozen scenery of a dessert ceremony in a sugar beet field.

3222 Solo exhibition at Helmrinderknecht gallery, Germany

Studio Makkink & Bey invites you and your friends to the solo exhibition WashHouse

11 September - 30 October 2010 Opening reception: Friday, 10 September 2010, 6-9 pm

In Dutch design studio Makkink & Bey’s (Rianne Makkink & Jurgen Bey) world, design is a narrative based process. For their first solo exhibition at HELMRINDERKNECHT contemporary design gallery, Studio Makkink & Bey has created a site-specific walk through the three dimensional landscape of a rural village. Mohair woollen blankets hanging on a clothesline give shape to the space and divide it. Individually woven patterns and lines become a house’s exterior walls or reflect the imagery of the surrounding landscape. The washing line is draped in between simple wooden posts. Although these posts function as a laundry rack within the space, within the fictive landscape they become trees. Like houses, woollen blankets offer human beings protection and shelter. Taking care of warmth and security, they are roofs over our heads and tuck us comfortably in.
The woollen blankets were produced at the Textielmuseum’s workshop, Textilelab, in Tilburg, Netherlands. All blankets are two sided and woven with two different colours. There are a total of five patterns. Each woollen blanket is unique and exclusively available at HELMRINDERKNECHT contemporary design.

www.helmrinderknecht.com

3233 Solo exhibition at Plus Design, Italy

Studio Makkink & Bey presents Design Mattters, the first solo exhibition in Italy. Plusdesign gallery in Milan will host the exhibition.

The show will open on the 16th of September and will run till the 20th of November.

The exhibition Design Matters presents the international preview of the new working desk No Matter especially created by Studio Makkink & Bey for Plusdesign Limited Editions. The desk is made of paper mache with some details finished with wax. Also other projects of the Studio will be featured to present its creative story from the foundation to today.


www.plusdesigngallery.com

3166 Studio Makkink & Bey designs the interior of MVRDV house, Suffolk

Studio Makkink & Bey at the Balancing Barn

Commissioned by Living Architecture, we were asked to create the interior of MVRDV’s Balancing Barn in Suffolk. Their design was largely inspired by the way the Barn brings the outside inside and emphasises the presence of both earth and sky.
Living Architecture aims to make modern architecture available to a wider public. While most modern architecture is either a private home or a transitory place (e.g. airports, museums, etc.), this project was set up to create public spaces with a more residential character. Writer, philosopher and creative director of Living Architecture Alain de Botton explored the notion of experiencing architecture earlier in his book: The Architecture of Happiness, this notion comes to life in the Balancing Barn, where experiences are the constituents of its interior concept and communal dwelling is in concert with with individual conduct.


The interior scheme traces the transition from earth to sky as one walks from the earthbound entrance of the Barn towards the ‘levitating’ end of the building, where the floor to ceiling window offers an uninterrupted view of the clouds and sky. Walls and floors are decorated with sampled elements of paintings by Suffolk artists John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough. The classic images gradually evolve into abstract angular colour patches, they become images reminiscent of modern art and they take on a more applied form as wall panelling. The house can accommodate two or eight people equally comfortably, feeling neither empty nor crowded, thanks to customisable furniture and fittings, mostly by Dutch designers. The clear cut Dutch furnishings and primary colours, the simple 'butt joinery' used in the construction of the designs by Studio Makkink & Bey all celebrate the elementary design idiom that is characteristic for Dutch design.

The kitchen acts as a gateway from outside to inside, following an earth theme. Upon entering you immediately notice the reproduction of a painting by Constable of a horse and carriage that seems to have just walked into the kitchen. Its colours are dispersed over the wall following it round the corner into the corridor. There are six generic sets of cutlery, crockery and glassware and two ‘special’ sets that were purchased from English companies with a long tradition of producing crockery. Thus two people can enjoy dinner using all the elements of the special tableware, whereas when there are eight visitors, each can have one piece from the special set.
The next room in the building is the gardeners room with a painting of a farm house with a tree and parts of a garden border. The fence depicted on one of the fragments and the fences in the country side surrounding the Balancing Barn modelled for the construction of the furniture that was designed by Studio Makkink & Bey. The furniture was designed to be versatile and, as well as the night stands, the beds all have one plank sticking out to clamp a reading lamp on at a preferred height. To reach the upper shelves of the built in cabinet, the night stands double as a stepladder. Both designs provide possibilities to fit the rooms to ones' need.
The following room, is the fishers room, on its wall a replica of Constable's 'The Mill Stream, Willy Lott's House' shows a mill house with a pond next to it. The water on this painting determines which colour scheme dominates the room. The corridor then moves on to the pigs room where the pigs on Gainsborough's painting give the room its pink appearance. In the adjacent cloud room the view is lifted up into the sky. Cloud fragments and grey pixel panels give the room a light tone. Sky and the notion of floating are the key elements of the living room since it hovers over the ground, suspended over the edge of the hill. Makkink & Bey have chosen Gainsborough's most famous painting of a boy dressed in blue to be the signature element of this room, the colour of his clothes echoing and reinforcing the sky theme and informing the colour scheme.  Meanwhile, ladies from Constable’s “Ladies From The Family Of Mr William Mason Of Colchester” sit quietly alongside the temporary occupants of the Balancing Barn in this light-filled room.

Jurgen Bey new director of Sandberg Institute

Jurgen Bey appointed as new director of the Sandberg Institute
On September 1st 2010, Jurgen Bey became the new director of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. The Sandberg Institute is part of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and hosts its four MA programmes in the field of Fine Arts & Design. Jurgen Bey replaced Jos Houweling who has retired this July.
As director of the Sandberg Institute, Jurgen Bey aims to create links between the multidisciplinary Sandberg, the bachelor programme of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and other institutes of knowledge and research in Amsterdam.
Together with the team of Studio Makkink & Bey, he will continue to work on design tasks and solutions in our continuously changing environment.

3213 Blown To Life in the National Glass Museum of Leerdam

From June 23rd to September 26th 2010:
'The Bell Garden' a gardening concept for the exhibition Blown To Life in the National Glass Museum of Leerdam.

Arnout Visser and the Glass Museum in Leerdam invited Studio Makkink & Bey for a glass workshop and to do a project with this material, using existing glass objects to revive both the material and the glass workshop in Kenya.
In the workshop 'Blow To Life' in Leerdam, Kenyan glass blowers from Kitengala Hot Glass. Studio Makkink & Bey came up with a project showcasing both ancient European gardening techniques and the Kenyan glass blowing practice of using old bottles.
Starting from the 19th century, the French developed a technique called cloche farming. Cloche farming could be considered the ancestor of the glass house, where the glass protects the shoots of young plants. The bell-jar cloches can be fitted inside a garden cabinet made of crate segments you can take out to sit on and start your gardening comfortably. The plants used in the exhibition in Leerdam are vegetables and herbs oftentimes used in Kenyan recipes.

For more information, please click here.

3205 Exhibition Bloedkoralen van de Oosterschelde - Oosterschelde Coralline embankment

To brace the dikes of the Southern Dutch province of Zeeland, the Zeeweringen project office, the provinces' office for Water Management and other institutions involved in water management, have initiated a cultural project to re-shape the cladding of the Oosterschelde dikes.

Studio Makkink & Bey were asked to propose design strategies to harness and fortify the dikes, marrying functionality with a refined exterior into an elegant trimming. We came up with four different ways to strengthen the dikes and add a cultural purpose to the embankment at the same time. Each proposal opens the dikes up for the general public to solicit an automatic maintenance of the dike, a process that is assisted by local clubs who are involved to help guard and take care of the area.
Our studio is suggesting mobile shower units and eateries for sport fans and bird watchers, who can revive themselves after a days' out by the sea. Their club is responsible for the quality of the refreshment booths and provision of fresh, local food. Traditional jewelry is pressed into the asphalt in a pattern and a sports field grid is painted in white lines on the asphalt, further down the dike.
The second proposal is a concrete landscape for nature enthusiasts, who can peek through tunnels and walk between concrete trees rising up from the bottom of the sea when the tide has withdrawn. The same trees form a sea forrest for divers during the tide is high.
Thirdly, concrete caissons and their molds provide a possible bungalow park when fitted to this end. The bungalow park grows according to demand and the mound is likely to pile up quicker than the rising of the sea level, thus automaticly sustaining the dike.
Lastly, we've proposed to clad the dike with a layer of Elastocoast with zones of different structures, textures and patterns. Mimicking nature, this ornate cladding makes up a manufactured accretion on top of the dike and in the water.

3199 GastGastgeber - RUHR 2010

For RUHR.2010, European Capital of Culture, Studio Makkink & Bey was asked by Bureau Venhuizen to design guestrooms and to act as a curator in the GastGastgeber project. The event opened on Saturday the 1st of May in the water tower of Oberhausen Central Station.

Studio Makkink & Bey has designed the interior of eight rooms of the temporary hotel in the former water tower. The interiors of these rooms have been furnished with a wooden construction and a flip-up bed, to give the rooms a double function of private bedroom as well as a public workroom. An artist will be chosen for each room to permanently exhibit their work, a guest artist will then be invited to respond by making a new piece during his/her stay at the hotel.

The RUHR area was the European Capital of Culture in 2010. The GastGastgeber project, a joint effort of Dutch and German cultural institutions, is planning a number of interventions on several locations. The Dutch are guests in the Ruhr area, but will also act as hosts - hence the name Gast(guest)Gastgeber(host).
Address:
Wasserturm Oberhausen (via main hall)
Willy-Brandt-Platz 1
46045 Oberhausen
For more information go to:
http://nlinruhr.bureauvenhuizen.com/
http://www.nl-ruhr.de/

3204 Exhibition by Studio Makkink & Bey for Nissan in the Lloyd Hotel

Februari 10th until Sunday the 14th: our exhibition for the launch of the Nissan cube in the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam. 

The context of the Nissan Cube, future car culture, and refined public spaces is presented in three scenarios. On three platforms in the hotel, each displaying one scenario, visitors can peek into our view on refining the public realm. We've chosen to show works which signify new and past culture, revealing the story in between about the way products and culture evolve through reciprocal response.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Oostelijke Handelskade 34 Amsterdam

3193 Happy Families exhibition at Kunsthal Kade

The Happy Families exhibition shows the entire story of Studio Makkink & Bey and our design philosophy, which is largely based on personal relationships, connections with like-minded people and collaborative arrangements. It is more than simply a display of finished work, but shows how the Studio’s design practice has developed over time.

28 November 2009 - 14 February 2010 in Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, the Netherlands

Studio Makkink & Bey Prooff Lab - exhibition at Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam and Rotterdam Design Prize 2009

Studio Makkink & Bey studied the subjects mobility in combination with work for PROOFF LAB, a platform for the development of new workscapes, in collaboration with SV, manufacturers of office furniture. This resulted not only in new furniture concepts, but also in a vision of versatile work environments: a ‘progressive office’. Here, the work environment becomes a meeting place for the exchange of ideas and experiences, rather than just serving profit motifs. We expanded the work environment to form a campus, a knowledge environment composed of communal indoor and outdoor spaces where working and living become one. Working our way between the scales of product design and architecture, we asked ourselves ‘What if a piece of furniture were itself a space?’. The same question that gave rise to the Ear Chair, a seat wide enough and high enough to prevent distraction by shielding the user from outside sights and sounds. The result is an individual space within the public area. Other products are the Work Lamp and the Work Sofa, which allows different physical working positions, whether lounging, leaning or sitting. The Work Lamp emits bright white light and has the look of a hybrid between a functional workshop lamp and a piece of street lighting. Our thinking about work and mobility began, not with the car, but with a piece of furniture: the office chair. The result is the Slow Car that was intended as an alternative to office seating rather than motor vehicles.

Our hat goes off to Joost Grootens who's won the 2009 Rotterdam Design Prize with his clear-cut design of four atlases.