Rianne Makkink and Jurgen Bey find inspiration in a wanderer's backpack and walking stick for an exhibit on the future of living
In tackling home furnishings for the Hayward’s summer blockbuster, artists are catching up with design.
An elephant is hidden in the footrest of Jurgen Bey’s The Little Prince chair, one of 17 pieces that make up his show for Brussels gallery Pierre Bergé & Associés in June.
There is too much emphasis on the finished product in design schools. A work in progress is much more interesting – when it’s finished it can’t grow anymore. In my opinion, education should make more of this potential.
When icon was invited on a whistlestop tour of the Dutch design scene, we of course said yes. But the trip took on new meaning when, in last month’s issue, Marcel Wanders said design in the Netherlands was in crisis, stifled by state subsidies and a lack of business sense. So what do leading figures in Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Rotterdam think?
“I can do anything. I could have been a dentist and I would have been the best dentist ever. I could have been a farmer. I really feel I could have done a lot of different things and I’m pretty sure that whatever I’d have done I’d have done it with so much passion and love that I’d do a great job.”