Jurgen Bey

Initials J.
Member of Society of Arts
Employed by Postbus 909
3000 AX Rotterdam
tel.  +31 10 425 8792
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Jurgen Bey (born in 1965) can be regarded as one of the first conceptual designers of the Netherlands and is one of the generation that led Dutch Design to prominence in the 1990s. Under the Droog Design banner, he has become internationally renowned as a visionary designer. Bey and architect Rianne Makkink founded Studio Makkink & Bey in 2002. Their designs delight and astonish: their Tree Trunk Bench, which consists of three bronze chair backs that can be attached to a fallen tree trunk, and their Ear Chair, which creates a private workspace. By zooming in on a product, for example a lamp or piece of furniture, and zooming out again to the perspective of architecture or urban planning, he shows how these apparently separate domains influence and are intimately bound up with one another. Bey is an innovator who thinks about the essence and future of his discipline. He takes his ideas to the design community and to the general public, but also to his students at the Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2010, Bey became the director of the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.