ARCHIVE • Verb: archive; 3rd person present: archives; past tense: archived; past participle: archived; gerund or present participle: archiving.
1. A collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people. “a section of archive film”.
2. The place where historical documents or records are kept. “they were allowed to study in the archives”. 3. A complete record of the data in part or all of a computer system, stored on an infrequently used medium.
Synonyms: records, annals, chronicles, registers, accounts.
Origin: Early 17th century (in the sense ‘place where records are kept’): from French archives (plural), from Latin archiva, archia, from Greek arkheia ‘public records’, from arkhē ‘government’. The verb dates from the late 19th century.
For the first edition of the London Design Biennale, Studio Makkink & Bey developed a three-dimensional blueprint of the personal salon of the studio’s founders, Rianne Makkink and Jurgen Bey.
This contemporary diorama – originally a picture viewing device through which an interior is viewed – is a replica of their archive at home.
Design Diorama, the archive as a utopic environment, consists of a space filled with blue foam copies of objects by former studio employees, freelancers and interns as well as products and artefacts from various other designers, artists and architects. The installation functions as a personal archive of the practice’s own work, mapping and placing it amongst the work of their network of designers, artists, writers, architects and curators, creating a play on the romantic representation of a designer and design studio.
Parallel to the temporary physical diorama installation a digital index has been developed which can be viewed at www.designdiorama.com.