The founders of Droog Design, Gijs Bakker and Renny Ramakers have been appointed Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw and Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau. They received the royal distinctions on April 26th, 2018 from the acting mayor of Amsterdam Josias van Aartsen in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.
Bakker received the distinction for his role as designer as well as his efforts together with Renny Ramakers to promote Dutch Design internationally as the founders of Droog Design. Since 1993, Droog has made exhibitions worldwide, addressed keynote lectures, produced and distributed products, published books and initiated a store and hotel. By means of Droog, Bakker and Ramakers have made Dutch Design known to the large public internationally and given the country a prominent role in the field of design.