Thursday, 23 July 2009

Tree-trunk Bench, Kokoon Furniture & St. Petersburg Chair by Jurgen Bey

Tree-trunk Bench 1

For Jurgen Bey, a fallen tree can serve as a seat. Therefore, he created the Tree-trunk Bey. With the additional of bronze classical chair backs, the bench becomes a proper piece of furniture, a crossing between nature and culture. Jurgen Bey makes clear that it is ridiculous to transport trees when they are locally available. Therefore only the chair backs are for sale!
Tree-trunk Bench 2

Kokoon Furniture 1Kokoon Furniture 2Kokoon Furniture 3The Kokon furniture range was a result of Droog’s 1997 Dry Tech project. Here old furniture is combined and disguised to produce new forms, functions and identities. By using the so-called spider's web technique, desolate furniture is wrapped with synthetic fibres creating a smooth, elastic skin.


St. Petersburg Chair 1St. Petersburg Chair 2St. Petersburg Chair 3St. Petersburg Chair 4
This range of chair was designed for the Café Dutch Room in St. Petersburg. Antique chairs are covered with layers of fibre-glass strengthened polyester, the outermost layer silk-screened with a flowery pattern, bringing a new lease of life to those old-fashioned chairs.


About Jurgen Bey:
"Jurgen Bey, Soest 1965, studied at the Design Academy in The Netherlands and subsequently taught there for six years. He has run design studio’s next to his teaching job, both with others and on his own, since 2002 he runs Studio Makkink & Bey with Rianne Makkink.

Studio Makkink&Bey's design projects include public space, interior, product design, architecture and applied art. Analysing the contents, searching for the relation of things and their users. Design supporting a story and the things having an interaction with their users are starting points for our projects. 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 skyscraper could never exist without an elevator.

Consciousness is probably one of the most beautiful things we know. Searching for reasons on how to act, we are trying to theorise things. Questions where born and with the questions the answers had to come. Answers became stories, that told us how to act, how to look and what to see. The world at random for the good spectator. The world around us can make us enthusiastic; the art is to see that. As designer you feel like an explorer travelling the world out of curiosity, or with a mission, investigating, asking questions and making connections. To come back with stories. Stories told with design because that is our language."
- Droog.

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1 comment:

Michael said...

Ha, I saw that tree bench in Atlanta at the High Museum. The concept is awesome but the chair backs themselves are fairly uncomfortable to sit in.