Jurgen Bey for Studio Makkink and Bey Pixelated Chair, Type 1 from the Witness Flat Collection designed 2008 stapled pine and stitched felt Height: 36 5/8 in. 93 cm. This work is number one from an edition of three.
Pixelated Chair, Type 1 from the Witness Flat Collection designed 2008
stapled pine and stitched felt
Height: 36 5/8 in. 93 cm.
This work is number one from an edition of three.
This work is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity issued by Studio Makkink and Bey.
Provenance La Galerie de Pierre Bergé & Associés
Jurgen Bey (1965) is one of the best known designers to emerge from the Netherlands in recent decades. Bey first attracted attention through early collaborations with the Droog collective such as Treetrunk Bench (1999) and Gardening Bench (1999). In 2002 Bey set up 'Studio Makkink & Bey' with architect Rianne Makkink. The Studio's commitment to a critical research-based working methodology has generated a series of projects that explore a conceptual approach to design and architecture. The studio is located in a former industrial building where the entire production process is undertaken on site.
Commissioned by Galerie Pierre Berge in 2008 and produced by Studio Makkink and Bey, Witness Flat, was described as 'poor man's haute couture' and conceived as a commentary on the changing landscape of the furniture industry as it increasingly came under the influence of the luxury sector. Staged as a show flat and limited in materials to wood and felt, Bey furnished a ghostly apartment that references the fur trade that originally occupied the auction house building, and the aesthetic of packaging as well as the pixelated aesthetic and cut and paste style of visual communications.
Bey is director of the Sandberg Institute at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, his work has been exhibited at the Victoria &Albert Museum, Museum Boymans van Beuningen, London's Design Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design New York.