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Studio Makkink & Bey to Auction Unique Pieces

PARIS – Studio Makkink & Bey and Piasa Paris have joined forces to realise a grand auction of unique pieces, prototypes and limited edition objects of the studio on Thursday 19 October 2017in Paris. The warehouse of the Dutch contemporary design practice is reorganised in order for new, self-initiated projects to arise in addition to their ongoing product-, interior- and exhibition design projects.

“I remember spring cleanings at my family’s house when I was a child. My mom moved everything literally out of the house into the garden; we cleaned everything thoroughly, all walls were redecorated, the carpets shampooed. This was also the time we were to refurbish the house completely. Together we would decide which pieces of furniture would stay or go and where to put it. It felt like a completely new home, giving new ideas and headspace at the very same time”, founder Rianne Makkink says.

“After the founding of our studio in 2002 we felt like doing the same in our workspace”, founder Jurgen Bey continues. “We have kept artists proofs, first edition pieces and prototypes for years. Some of these pieces already ended up in museums and private collections. Some of them were placed in our home, some remained in our studio, meanwhile shaping our life and work. A lot of pieces were carefully stored in our warehouse, but it now feels they need new owners as we develop our practice towards new grounds”.

By sorting the warehouse and bringing over 60 objects to a grand auction Studio Makkink & Bey is making space for the new ideals the team wants to unfold from the beginning of 2018. A part of the Rotterdam based workspace will be programmed into an environment for the development of self-initiated and unfinished projects.


Photo credits: Piasa Paris

AUCTION : October 19, 2017 – 6.30pm

Piasa Paris will host this landmark sale of unique creations by Studio Makkink & Bey, featuring around sixty unique pieces: prototypes, artists proofs and one-offs, chosen from among the studio’s most innovative and museum works.

Viewing on the following dates:
Saturday 14th October 2017 from 11 am to 7 pm
Monday 16th October 2017 from 10 am to 7 pm
Tuesday 17th October 2017 from 10 am to 7 pm
Wednesday 18th October 2017 from 10 am to 7 pm
Thursday 19th October 2017 from 10 am to 12 pm

The auction:
Thursday 19th October 2017 06:30 pm

118 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris

The online catalogue with all the pieces is available here. Bidders may be present in the saleroom, on the phone or online.

photo: the ‘WaterSchool’ project

About Studio Makkink & Bey
The Dutch design collaborative Studio Makkink & Bey, which is led by designer/architect Rianne Makkink (b. 1964) and designer Jurgen Bey (b. 1965). Supported by a various design team, they have been operating their design practice since 2002. The studio’s various projects include interior design, product design, public space projects, architecture, exhibition & shop-window design, research projects and applied arts. Their products, furniture, interiors and public spaces are often produced in collaboration with companies such as Prooff, Droog Design, and Moooi and other professionals from their local and international network.

In more than 400 projects, commissioned by museums, galleries, art or government organizations, companies and private commissioners, as well as in many lectures they believe in a design vision in which the form of a design follows from its context. Based in Rotterdam, their work has appeared in several museums and is part of their collection, amongst others the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Fnac in Paris , the V&A in London, The indianapolis Museum of Art in the USA, Musee des Beaux-Arts Montreal in Canada, Museum Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam ,the Central Museum in Utrecht, and Others. Clients include commercial & private clients like Spring Studio’s Londen and New York, Industries like Vitra and Hermes, governmental & cultural institutions, fashion designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, gallery’s like Contrast Gallery in Shanghai etc. The designs of Studio Makkink & Bey have been awarded with several prizes and their vision is adopted by colleagues, both within the Netherlands and abroad, through education, many lectures and exhibitions.

Jurgen Bey has been one of the most influential Dutch designers of the last three decades, his TreeTrunkBench, Cocoon furniture and Earchair are of an iconic value within the world of design, also he is currently director of the Sandberg Institute, the Master of art and design of the Rietveld Arts Academy in Amsterdam. Rianne Makkink is teaching, amongst others, at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Both directors are heavily involved in education to pass on their design strategy of expanding the role of the designer to the most strategic function possible. In their opinion connecting existing elements inside the context of a project, is like stringing beads.

PIASA auction house was founded in 1996 and is located in Paris. The company advises, valuates and organizes 60 auctions a year, mainly in design in which the company is one of the international leaders, and in modern and contemporary art. PIASA has experienced a rapid success since its creation with the sale of the first of the twelve sales of the Dora Maar estate for a total of €35M. In 2010, PIASA achieved a record price of €5,547,000 for the Yongzheng Imperial vase with the sale of the Daniel Carasso estate. Since 2014, PIASA moved in rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, in 1,000m2 prestigious premises, where the company organises innovative dedicated and monographic auctions, with different perspectives that make its renown.

Studio Makkink & Bey
P.O. Box 909
3000 AX Rotterdam
The Netherlands

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