Published on : Friday, March 27, 2015
Studio Makkink & Bey will provide part of the interior design for the forthcoming restrospective exhibition in Paris of the work of Fashion Designer Jean Paul Gaultier. The exhibition will be on view from April 1 to August 3 at the Grand Palais. Studio Makkink & Bey’s installation, Morphing: The Living, is inspired by the duo’s set design for Gaultier’s spring/summer 2004 fashion show.
The interior will be based around the Kokon Furniture series designed by Jurgen Bey in the late 1990’s early 2000s. Gaultier noticed the Kokon range at the Sketch gallery in London and was so impressed that he asked Studio Makkink & Bey to design a set for his show.
In the design for that show chairs and tables were pressed against an elastic skin, showing a skeleton of recognizable furniture forms. The backdrop connected arm rests and chair seats and merged into a domestic hybrid with the wall behind the fashion models.