Netherlands, The

Design Diorama: The Archive as a Utopic Environment

Considering the archive as utopian, Studio Makkink & Bey present Design Diorama: The Archive as a Utopic Environment, a narrative installation of objects, products and memorabilia drawn from the home of architect Rianne Makkink and designer Jurgen Bey. This autobiographical representation is exhibited as a blue foam diorama, accompanied by a digital archive in which the Dutch design studio elaborate on the narrative power of objects and index their relations to the world. The display explores how designers curate and keep their own archives, but also asks questions about how institutions collect history.

Administering Body: Het Nieuwe Instituut
Design Team: Studio Makkink & Bey
Curators: Studio Makkink & Bey
Supporting Bodies: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London; Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

Photo: Ed Reeve