February 3, 2012

Soft Village: Studio Makkink & Bey

Soft Village:  Studio Makkink & Bey

On view from February 3 – Late-Spring, 2012

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, February 3, 2012, 6–8 pm
Artist Talk by designer Jurgen Bey begins at 6:30 pm
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The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is pleased to present an exhibition by the Dutch design collaborative Studio Makkink & Bey which is led by architect Rianne Makkink (b. 1964) and designer Jurgen Bey (b. 1965)—one of the first Droog Design collaborators. Soft Village: Studio Makkink & Bey features recent, insightful projects by this Studio such as: WashHouse (2010-11), RePacked (2009), SoftNews (2009), Cleanliness is next to Godliness (2007), and Dust Cabinet (2005). Taking inspiration from The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s mission and permanent collection, Studio Makkink & Bey’s FWM exhibition interweaves the soft, ever-changing features of textiles and fashion—as well as the industries that make them—within the often rigid look and function of today’s cities. Through Makkink & Bey’s installed, fictive, city-like landscape of sculptural work and decorative objects, they imagine ways to incorporate community-wide change through a more pliable form of urban planning, one that utilizes a soft method of shaping the world around us. As a result, Soft Village will promote a different approach to sustainable design, highlighting components that are flexible, impermanent, nomadic, and that can be altered easily according to community need.
The goal of Studio Makkink & Bey is to explore the relationship between people and objects, using curiosity as motivation to ask questions and drive narratives. They inspire a new design culture by presenting unique alternatives through their critical design of public space, architecture, interiors, and products. Supported by a team operating as a single entity that includes experts from a range of disciplines, Makkink & Bey investigate various domains of applied art while studying tensions between public and private domains.
About Studio Makkink & Bey
Studio Makkink & Bey was founded in Rotterdam in 2002 by architect Rianne Makkink (b. 1964, Gorssel, Netherlands) and designer Jurgen Bey (b. 1965, Soest, Netherlands). Rianne Makkink & Jurgen Bey have received degrees from the Delft Technical University (1990) and the Design Academy Eindhoven (1989), respectively. In conjunction with a team of designers with different areas of expertise, their Studio prompts new insights and perspectives while maintaining a critical stance towards the design of public space, architecture, interiors, exhibitions, and products. Studio Makkink & Bey has realized numerous projects in a variety of prestigious venues throughout the world, and their work has been exhibited at locations that include: KadE Amersfoort, Netherlands; the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; the V&A, London, England; Designhuis Eindhoven, Netherlands; DMY Berlin, Germany; NAI Maastricht, Netherlands; Z33 Hasselt, Belgium; Liljevalchs Konsthall Stockholm, Sweden; and Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China. Droog, the conceptual Dutch design company, has collaborated with Jurgen Bey, and now Makkink & Bey, since the early nineties, resulting in projects such as Kokon furniture, the Tree-trunk bench, and St. Petersburg chair for the Droog collection. The Studio has been nominated for the Rotterdam Design Prize for Prooff Lab (2009), for best studio (2007), and for LinnenkasThuis (2003). They have won the Woonbeurspin for collected works (2008); the Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds Award for collected works (2005); the Harrie Tillie Award, Stedelijk museum, Roermond, for collected works (2005); the Interior award, Lensvelt / de Architect, for meeting room Interpolis (2003); and the Elle Deco Award Lighting and Accessories, for Light Shade Shade (2003). Rianne Makkink teaches at Design Academy Eindhoven and Jurgen Bey was appointed director of the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam in 2010.
Funding for this exhibition is provided by the Mondriaan Foundation and Public Funds from the Netherlands Cultural Service. Additional funding is provided by the Board of Directors and Members and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
Also on View at The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Nick Cave: Let’s C through Mid-February. This exhibition features Architectural Forest a floor-to-ceiling installation of ornamented bamboo, a video of Cave's December 16, 2011 performance at FWM, and a selection of his iconic “Soundsuits.”
About The Fabric Workshop and Museum
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is the only museum of its kind, offering internationally renowned artists the resources to create new work in experimental materials. Artists come from all media—including sculpture, installation, video, painting, ceramics, and architecture—and use FWM’s facilities and technical expertise to create works of art that they could not create on their own. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on-site in studios that are open to the public, providing visitors with the opportunity to see works of art from conception to completion. FWM’s permanent collections include not only complete works of art, but also material research, samples, prototypes, and photography and video of artists making and speaking about their work. Access to the creative process provides visitors with a point of entry into understanding challenging works of contemporary art. FWM offers an unparalleled experience to those young and old, including the most significant artists of our time, students, and the general public.
The programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum are supported by Agnes Gund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Arcadia Foundation, The Barra Foundation, Claneil Foundation, The Dedalus Foundation, Inc., Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, The Honickman Foundation, Independence Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Judith Rothschild Foundation, LEF Foundation, LLWW Foundation, Louis N. Cassett Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New Millennium Charitable Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Nimoy Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, PNC Foundation, Public Funds from the Netherlands Cultural Service, PNC Arts Alive, The Quaker Chemical Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Uplands Family Foundation, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
For more information, or to request images, please contact Michele Bregande, Assistant to the Directors, at michele@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org, or 215.561.8888.