Machine consists of Mark Klaverstijn (Amsterdam, 1973) & Paul du Bois-Reymond (Berlin, 1974). They both live and work in Amsterdam. Already collaborating on in- and out of school projects, they started their first collective ‘DEPT’ (together with Leonard van Munster) right after graduation in 1996. In their first years as a collective they worked a lot for the Dutch club culture. They created a massive amount of flyers for the legendary club RoXY in Amsterdam, at a time when this medium was still in it’s early years. Simultaneously they worked for clients such as the Dutch Post Office (TPG) and the Amsterdam museum for contemporary art (Stedelijk Museum). From the very start, they adapted new media in their work. The collective embraced the possibilities that came with computers and made versatile projects such as websites, video performances, record covers, t-Shirts, installations and music.
By combining different visual languages and using past and present to define a visual future, they quickly established a distinctive graphic and conceptual identity. In 2008 their DEPT company website was included in the permanent exhibition on the History of Dutch Design Exhibition at the Beyerd Design Museum in Breda. After DEPT split up in 2001, Machine was founded. The method of working has been the same as before, switching between different media and independent and commissioned jobs. Machine’s focus over the last years has shifted more and more towards the music industry. They started an experimental record label called ‘Ourmachine Records’ and became the exclusive designers for The Kindred Spirits Record Label. Regular Club nights such as ‘Outsiders’ or ‘Phase II’ are organized to create a platform for DJ-ing and work by Machine’s students of the Rietveld Academy.. Machine’s work has been included in the permanent collections of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the MOMA San Francisco.
Some of Machine’s clients include:
Nike, MTV, ID&T, Diesel, SMCS, Planet E Records, Heineken, Kindred Spirits Records, Paradiso Amsterdam, Frame Publishers, Patta, RedBull
‘Designed By Machine’ | Black Cat Publishing, Amsterdam | isbn:978.90.810418.6.7
‘Design & Designer series: Machine’ | Pyramid, Paris | isbn:978.2.35017.138.8
Machine’s work has been featured in numerous publications including:
Vrij Nederland, NRC, Volkskrant, Items, Credits (NL), Dazed&Confused (London), WAD magazine (Paris), Jpeople (Frankfurt), Lowdown (Berlin), Creative Review (London), Straight No Chaser (London), Relax (Tokyo), Computer Arts Magazine (Hong Kong)