Living Spaces by Makkink & Bey

Designers Foresee Future Interiors

With textiles as a common thread, seminal Dutch design firm Makkink & Bey mounts two scenographic installations at Tilburg’s TextielMuseum. Together, furniture and household objects paint a full picture – an interplay of past, present and forthcoming interior concepts. 

Laying the groundwork for further investigation, Living Spaces traces a hundred years of textiles in Dutch interiors through seven thematic rooms, each covering different stylistic periods – Art Nouveau, 1930s modernism, the post-war era, postmodernism and recent Dutch design. 

Makkink & Bey were also commissioned to share their vision of the future – nomadic interiors based on a quartet of essential objects produced with animal-based materials. Conceptroom HuisRaad provides individuals with expandable, foldable and lightweight  furniture to travel with, as they traverse boundless interiors – our shrinking world. 

VouwPlaats doubles as a bed and rocking chair – easily transported as a rucksack. A mattress – knitted from Angora rabbit hair – rolls up to become a seat. VensterLicht (window light) unfolds from a cane and suspends an illuminated fabric. 

Living Spaces and Conceptroom HuisRaad are on view until 11 May 2014,   TextielMuseum – Goirkestraat 96, Tilburg, the Netherlands

Photos Rene van der Hulst

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