RE-THINKING the HOUSE :: studio makkink & bey (the NL)

“The ambition of Studio Makkink & Bey is to see the role of the designer expanded to the most strategic function possible. To this end, our design team includes professionals from many different fields of knowledge; forming alliances with other designers, architects and experts. The design strategy of Studio Makkink & Bey is to re-appropriate what is already present in the context of an assignment, with a strong emphasis on the process. These contextual elements aren’t just rearranged within one product, but also on the scale of a building, a landscape or a social work environment. ”

How Makkink & Bay rethink “the house” : PROOFFlab presents new ideas at Salone del Mobile Milan makkink bay house

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 collectivejij’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.

Future Primitives Project Room Makkink Bey

Exhibition design INTERIEUR Kortrijk 2012 future primitive house

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. blue house rug makking

Chevalier Edition

A limited edition rug set up like a kit of building blocks. The rug is divided into different segments with which an isometric view of a house can be made. Each particular part of the house has a different texture like brick or roof tiles.
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In the Arched Gallery the studio presents a selection of its oeuvre. This selection, or ‘Household’ is a result of the subject of the exhibition : ‘Changing Ideals: Re-thinking the House’The basis of the installation is the industrial space at Nikkelstraat Rotterdam, Rianne Makkink and Jurgen Bey until recently inhibited. This big hall has functioned as a house, office, garage, storage space, production hall, gallery, guesthouse, outhouse, school, garden and laboratory all-in-one. The installation at NAI evokes the same atmosphere as the now abandoned space that Makkink & Bey considered the ideal house.

In the Arched Gallery the studio presents a selection of its oeuvre. This selection, or ‘Household’ is a result of the subject of the exhibition : ‘Changing Ideals: Re-thinking the House’
Photography: Monique Wegdam Foto’s: met dank aan NAI Maastricht
Architecture, furniture and storage all in one. Studio Makkink & Bey took standard sheets of ply and with CNC cutting, created a miniature house to stand within larger interiors of offices, studios and lofts. With walls of stool, bench and table parts that easily come out and assemble, the functionability and character of the house can be changed as more or less furniture is used. A poetic vision for efficient production and material use, House of furniture parts transports flat and can be made to suit different functions, produced locally and customized. Why don’t you tell us what yours could be like? “If it is a studio, tables and desks will come out. If it is a film house, a projection screen with benches and stools will come out. If it is a children’s home, small furniture with cars, animals and a playground will come out”

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