Jurgen Bey (1965) is one of the most renowned Dutch designers. In 2002 Bey formed Studio Makkink & Bey with Rianne Makkink. Working together and supported by a design team, they analyze content and search for the relation of things and their users. In their words: town planning, architecture and landscape architecture are indissolubly connected to products and can be in symbiosis; the lamp has influenced architecture and the built home the products for the interior. Bey’s work includes product, furniture, interior and public space design, and is produced by his studio, or by companies such as Droog, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, and Moooi. Bey is known as a critical designer, driven to understand the world and to question it in a unique manner. Bey studied at Design Academy Eindhoven and has run studios independently or in collaboration with others after graduating. He is currently director of the Sandberg Insitute, a post-graduate art and design school in Amsterdam.
Jan Boelen (1967) is a Belgian critic and curator of contemporary art and design exhibitions. He studied product design at the Media & Design Academie (KHLim) in Genk, Belgium. He is founder and director of Z33, Center of Contemporary Art and Design (Kunstcentrum Z33) in Hasselt, Belgium, and is the head of the Master Department Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven (NL). He also chairs the Flemish committee for Architecture and Design and is currently curating exhibitions and projects for Manifesta 9 (2012, Limburg).
Kozo Fujimoto was born in Osaka, Japan in 1954. He practiced as a gemologist between 1981–90. Then he established Chambre d’Amis Co. in 1990. After leaving the company in 1994, he worked as an independent consultant. He joinedHermèsJapon in 2001, where he directed its communication and cultural activities as General Manager. Fujimoto is also a visiting professor at Ritsumeikan University.
Ilya Oskolkov-Tsentsiper (1967) is entrepreneur and social designer based in Moscow and London. He is President and Co-Founder of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Russia, a post-graduate institute that is aimed at developing new perspectives on some critical issues in contemporary Russia. In 1999 he founded Afisha magazine and the website that is the key gateway to cultural life of Russia with a monthly audience of more than 5 million people. As editor, later, CEO at Afisha Industries, Oskolkov-Tsentsiper also designed and launched such magazines and websites as Bolshoi Gorod, Afisha-Mir and Afisha-Eda. Oskolkov-Tsentsiper is currently holding position of Vice-President at Yota, first Russian 4g wireless network, where he deals with creation of new services and experience design. Oskolkov-Tsentsiper is also involved with a number of internet start ups.
Prof. dr. T.R.A. (Timo) de Rijk (1963) is professor of Design Cultures since September 2010. He is also Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology and curator of 12 exhibitions, i.a. Frank Lloyd Wright meets Berlage (Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam, 1999, with Vitra Museum, Weil am Rhein), The Hague Style. Art Deco in The Netherlands (Municipal Museum, The Hague, 2004) and Norm=Vorm (Municipal Museum, The Hague, 2010). He was guest lecturer at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. De Rijk studied art history at Leiden University and received his Phd at the Faculty of Design Engineering of Delft University of Technology in 1998. His specialization is Design History with a focus on the design history of The Netherlands, the innovation of interior design, the concept of evolution and commercial design.