Jurgen Bey was born in the year 1965 in Soest, Netherlands. He studied at the design Academy Eindhoven and also at the Royal College of Art in London. Bey is known as a critical designer, driven by his will to understand the world and to question it on a unique way. Since the year 2002 he leads the Makkink & Bey Studio in Rotterdam together with Rianne Makkink. Their projects range from product design over installations in public rooms to exposition architecture and applied arts. Recently they started their own experimental product label Prooff. Beside his numerous projects and expositions, Bey teaches at the Londoner Royal College of Art. Since the year 2010 he is the director of the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam.