The Relationship between Object and Subject

in conversation with Rianne Makkink (Studio Makkink & Bey)

Rianne Makkink (1964) studied architecture at the Technical University of Delft and from 1991 led an office of urban planning and architecture: Max.1. In 2002 Makkink started Foundation Sloom with fellow architect Herman Verkerk to initiate activities advocating the revaluation of slowness. In the same year she founded design office Studio Makkink & Bey with designer Jurgen Bey. In their eyes, urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture are firmly tied to product design. The bulb has influenced architecture, the built home affects the interior and skyscrapers could never have existed without the elevator. In more than 200 projects, commissioned by museums, galleries, art or government institutions, companies and individuals, and in many lectures, a vision on culture and design emerges in which form is tailored to its context. Makkink and Bey combine socially relevant subjects and their own stories, from a product scale with slower, architectural models. While thinking from networks and systems, connections between context, parts and functions emerge. Through sharp analysis and programming, the potential of a neighbourhood, a building or product is capitalized to the utmost potential. Key subjects such as the consumption of energy and raw materials, dual-use, food, social and economic systems belong to the repertoire. One example is the study of the informal economy of India in response to economic headwinds in Europe. Rianne Makkink was advisor and jury member on various committees, worked as an editor of journals in the field of design, architecture and urbanism and was mentor to several universities within the Netherlands and abroad. Also, the last six years she was teaching at the Master Social Design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven.

What kind of impact does the alliance with craftspeople have on your design practice?

What is at stake for crafting and designing if we don’t pay attention to cleaning, maintaining and caring?

What are the most challenging aspects of collaborations between craftspeople and designers?

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