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100 Top Product Designer: Jurgen Bey

Internationally well-known industrial top product designer Jurgen Bey was born in the Netherlands in 1965. From 1984 to 1989, he studied design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. Recognized as the representative of the Critical Design movement, Jurgen Bey promoters inspiring popular and unique design conceptions in order to understand them and the world. If you want to discover some of his most iconic pieces, get amazed by his amazing creativity.


“I’m not one of those born with the urge to create or design. As a child I wanted to become a veterinarian, or an astronaut, just like all children. School opened my eyes and my mind. I studied at Eindhoven Design Academy, and once I started to create something beautiful I realized the potential of the tools I had in my hands.”

Jurgen Bey


Broken Family


Cheese Maker

Jurgen Bey is currently director of the Sandberg Institute at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He founded the design studio Makkink & Bey, alongside top architect Rianne Makkink. He continues to design products with the modernist concept of form follows function within architecture and urban planning.


EarChair by Prooff

“The industry is an essential part of my work, I do not point to create something unique in the strict sense of the term. Though it is true that everything has its context, on which I try to reflect and give my interpretation.”

Jurgen Bey


See also: 100 Top Product Designer: Christopher Boots


Kade Chair


Light Shade D95 by moooi


Petroleum Green Brass Vase by Bitossi



Throughout his career, Jurgen Bey had participated in numerous public projects and museum exhibitions. Jurgen Bey’s vast body of work comprises furniture design, product design, and interior and public space design.


Slow Car


St. Petersburg Chair by Droog


Tree-trunk bench by Droog

And yet artistic performances, futuristic architectures, the top product designer‘s incessant work expressing a very contemporary vision of creativity that includes every aspect of modern design.


See also: 100 Top Product Designer: Brian Thoreen


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