The Pyramids of Makkum

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After a demanding restoration project for the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, which had recently acquired 17th century flower pyramids (highly fashionable aristocratic objects now considered the finest example of Delftware for this period), Makkum engaged a handful of leading Dutch designers to embark on a challenging project of its own. Using a replica of the restored flower pyramid as its starting point (pictured below right), Makkum asked JurgenBey1_low.jpg


Without a doubt, Jurgen Bey's interpretation (above) was the most thoughtful. Looking at the flower pyramid as “an ode to the collector,†both a vessel for storage and a collection of stories, he artfully assembled various vessels (a cleaning bucket, a milk pail, a feed bucket), covering each in finely sketched stories of culture and knowledge. The stroke of grace with Bey's pyramid is the shipping containers which, when stacked themselves, can function as a cupboard for the showcasing the disassembled pyramid itself. Its layers of meaning are innumerable, offering infinite depth for reflection. (Click images for detail.)