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A designer with a critical approach, Jurgen Bey is well known for turning a tree trunk into a chair before only putting the back of the chair on sale. His studio’s ambition is to see the role of the designer expanded to the most strategic function possible.
Studio Makkink & Bey is led by architect Rianne Makkink and designer Jurgen Bey. The studio works in various domains of applied art and includes public space projects, product & interior design, architecture and exhibition design. The design strategy is to re-appropriate what is already present in the context of an assignment, with a strong emphasis on the process. These contextual elements are not simply rearranged within one product, but also on the scale of a building, a landscape or a social work environment. One single product can progress into a project of a larger scale, motivating its own setting. In reverse, a project on the scale of architecture or urban planning can equally produce a series of products related to their original context. This movement of zooming in and zooming out marks the interaction between the domain of architecture and urban design and the domain of products.