Jurgen Bey

Jurgen Bey (1965), designer. Bey graduated from the Eindhoven Academy of Industrial Design in 1989 with a specialisation in Man and Public Space. His work gained publicity through Droog Design. He reused existing objects and gave them a new life, such as re-coating a chair with a layer synthetic material (Kokon 1999), or giving old pendants a new covering. For the new office of Interpolis, he designed a new version of the armchair which was taken into production by Prooff, a label he created together with SV Interior group. Together with Rianne Makkink, he is working under the name of Studio Makkink & Bey on various projects and products. Bey has taught at the Royal College of Art in London and elsewhere. He has won the Lensvelt prize for interior architecture (2003), the Harrie Tillie prize (2005) and the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund prize (2005).

The archive of Jurgen Bey is in possession of the designer.


The Dutch version of this biography is taken from the book Visies op vormgeving, het Nederlandse ontwerpen in teksten deel 2: 1940-2000 (2008) by Frederike Huygen. The following source has been used for this biography:
– Schouwenberg, L., Staal, G. (ed.) ‘House of Concepts. Design Academy Eindhoven’, Amsterdam 2008.