Looking for a design to represent the future, the TextielMuseum commissioned Studio Makkink & Bey to imagine what could come next and present it in a room of the museum’s “Living Spaces” exhibit on Dutch interiors. The designers envisioned wearable furniture in white fabrics and natural wood. While borrowing from forms used for making camping gear, the nomadic designs are not so much for venturing outdoors as for moving throughout urban interiors. There are three pieces in the collection, the Vouwplaats, Warmteweefsels, and Vensterlicht, all of which come together to form a small room for sleeping and dining. The Vouwplaats can be worn like a vest and backpack. It can be set down and used as a rocking chair or fully unraveled into a sleeping bag. The Warmteweefsels carries a dual-function rug and tablecloth in a picnic basket strong enough to be a small table or stool as well. Lastly, the Vensterlicht is an umbrella that opens into a room divider. Designed for the nomads of the future, Studio Makkink & Bey’s collection envisions transient spaces for traveling individuals.
Photography by Rene van der Hulst