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Design Diorama: The Archive as a Utopic Environment

Considering the archive as utopian, Studio Makkink & Bey presented 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 was exhibited as a blue foam diorama, accompanied by a digital archive in which the Dutch design studio elaborated on the narrative power of objects and indexed their relations to the world. The display explored how designers curated and kept their own archives, but also asked questions about how institutions collect history.

Photo: Ed Reeve

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