This interior, designed by Studio Makkink & Bey, envisages the combination of living, working and recreation in the future. It is made up of individual prototypes for furniture for sitting and sleeping, work islands or desk systems, and vehicles. The wall panels show how this future vision extends beyond the interior. Studio Makkink & Bey is ahead of developments in society. But they are not simply passive observers; they want their designs to have an influence. The work reflects their artistic and philosophical ideas, from which follows the form of the objects.
The name Prooff is a contraction of ‘Progressive Office’. Bey believes that the office should be a place where ideas are exchanged and knowledge is shared, where people are mobile and flexible, and can meet with others or concentrate privately.
The Centraal Museum has acquired the ‘Prooff Stand working and living landscape’ and is displaying part of it in Expo 3. Several pieces are exhibited on the rack shelving with the floor components that form a whole together with the wall panels.
The items on display include:
The SlowCar is a workstation mounted on a slowly moving undercarriage. It gives the user privacy while simultaneously providing a varied environment because s/he moves from one place to another.
The EarChair can be used by a single person who wants privacy or two units can be positioned opposite each other to create a closed-off meeting area within a larger space.
The SideSeat can also be used by one or more people. In the latter case the work surface becomes a shared table.
This acquisition was made possible with funding from Vereniging Rembrandt, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Mondriaan Fonds, VSB Fonds, BankGiro Lottery and a private gift.