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Studio Makkink & Bey is led by architect Rianne Makkink and designer Jurgen Bey. Supported by a design team, they have been operating their practice since 2002. Studio Makkink & Bey investigates the various domains of applied art while studying the tension between the private and public domain. Taking a critical stance towards the designing of public space, architecture, interiors, exhibitions and products is pivotal. The design team operates as one entity and includes experts of various disciplines ranging from fashion, design and architecture. This cross-wiring of expertise prompts new insights and perspectives, which are used within each stage of the design process. The goal of the studio is to entice a new design culture by showing new alternatives through critical design. Urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture are indissolubly bound to product design. ‘Did the invention of the elevator give rise to the skyscraper or did the high-rise buildings dictate its existence?’