The ambition of renowned Dutch designer Jurgen Bey (1965, Soest, the Netherlands) is to see the role of the designer expanded to the most strategic function possible. As co-founder of Studio Makkink & Bey together with Rianne Makkink and a team of designers, he continues to analyze content in search for the relation of objects and their users. In their words, “town planning, architecture and landscape architecture are indissolubly connected to products and can be in symbiosis; the lamp has influenced architecture and the built home the products for the interior.” The work includes products, furniture, interiors and public spaces and is often produced in collaboration with companies such as Droog, Royal Tichelaar Makkum and Moooi. The work of Studio Makkink & Bey has been awarded with many prizes and their vision is adopted by many colleagues and students, both within The Netherlands and abroad, through education, many lectures and exhibitions. In September 2010, Jurgen Bey has been appointed as the new director of the Sandberg Institute, a masters programme of the Rietveld Arts Academy in Amsterdam.
During the Lodz Design Festival, Jurgen Bey will give a lecture In the perspective of nonsense and other senses that make no sense.