Published on : Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The French Artistic Nationale Comission has designated Studio Makkink & Bey for the Public Artistic Comission of the old Bishop House, Hotel Dupanloup. With the implementation of the International Research Centre of the University of Orléans in the 17th century building, a full restoration of the building was necessary, in which the old Bishop House revealed the layers of time. Together with a perspective on the history of the city of Orléans and its University, one of the oldest in France, Studio Makkink & Bey created the tools of Dupanloup language.
It was to be a place to study, meet, discuss, exchange knowledge, present, talk, think, learn, experience. A place like that needs a composition that is inspiring its inhabitants, where voices from past, present and future meet. Antique pieces are scattered through the rooms reflecting the past. New furniture pieces like PROOFF #002 WorkSofa, #001 EarChair and #006 SideSeat inspire and stimulate the functions of today and tomorrow.
The rooms were developped through different ways of talking, using furnitures almost like letters of a new alphabet. Connected to education, Studio Makkink & Bey invited 10 students from the School of Design of Orléans for a Summer Workshop to interfer with white pieces of Ikea through personnalities of the city. Scattered antique pieces are spread out through the palais reflecting a different time. PROOFF’s #002 Worksofa and #001 EarChair are dress-up with new colors and a Dupanloup chair and table was specially designed for the place. Connecting with strong cultural institution such as the Fine Art Museum, the Frac Centre and the House of Jeanne d’Arc, the interior is a project born from its territory.
After the first installation in January, the city is now settling in its new location. The project will be finalised in September 2014 with the publication of a book, a dialogue about the project introducing every characters of its construction.