Designed in 1999.
Designed in 1999.
Droog (in Dutch meaning “dry“) is a conceptual design company based in Amsterdam. Founded by product designer Gijs Bakker and design historian Renny Ramakers, the duo presented a selection of designs made of industrial materials and found objects at the Milan Furniture Fair in 1993 – the presentation was titled “Droog Design” because of the simplicity and dry humor of the objects. Early Droog pieces – Rody Graumann’s 85 Bulbs and Tejo Remy’s Chest of Drawers, Rag Chair, and Milk Bottle Lamp – are now icons of design from the early 1990s. Joined with millennium pieces like Marijn Van Der Poll’s Do Hit Chair, Jurgen Bey’s Treetrunk Bench, and Nina Farkache’s Come A Little Closer, these form the core of a collection of late 20th century design that also features a range of clever, conceptual accessories from the 1990s through the present. In addition to the aforementioned designers, Droog has worked with Marcel Wanders, Hella Jongerius, Richard Hutten, Ed Annink, Joris Laarman, Peter Van Der Jagt, Chris Kabel, Hector Serrano, Arnout Visser, and Arian Brekveld.
Jurgen Bey (born 1965) began his design career almost on a whim. He told Delood Daily Design Magazine, “I was interested in many things, but a friend of mine went to the Design Academy Eindhoven, then named Akademie voor Industriele Vormgeving in Eindhoven, and I went there to see if it was for me. It is.” Founded in 2002, Jurgen Bey leads Studio Makkink & Bey with architect Rianne Makkink. The studio combines product design, architecture, and urban planning. Its designs range from products such as tableware and furniture to buildings and public spaces. Much of the work focuses on exploring the relationship between public and private domains.