1:? - De modellen van Gijs Bakker in Design Museum Den Bosch
Saturday October 15th 2022
Van 15 oktober 2022 tot en met 26 februari 2023 is in het Design Museum Den Bosch de tentoonstelling '1:? - De modellen van Gijs Bakker', met prototypes en modellen van Gijs Bakker te zien. Het Design Museum verwierf met steun van Vereniging Rembrandt een belangrijke selectie prototypes en mode...
Domus Interview about GB Lounge Chair
Wednesday July 20th 2022
Interview with Alba Cappellieri for Domus about the GB Lounge Chair for Karakter/ Cassina
"Gijs Bakker has just turned 80, but you would never say it. His blue, kind and always smiling eyes move swiftly among the objects and people in the Cassina showroom, where we meet, and t...
Donation to Design Museum Den Bosch
Tuesday March 8th 2022
On March 8th Gijs Bakker and Timo de Rijk (director) signed the agreement for the donation to the Design Museum Den Bosch. Several prototypes from Gijs Bakker's collection will be added to the collection of the museum. These prototypes are Furniture, Tabletop, Street Furniture, and other o...
Archive Gijs+Emmy in RKD
Friday March 8th 2019
The archive on paper from Gijs+Emmy is included in the RKD (institute for art history) collection.image: Eva Besnyö
Phillips: Contemporary Dutch Design: In Conversation with Gijs Bakker
Monday August 3rd 2020
With a strong offering of contemporary Dutch design this season, phillips.com engaged design expert Rob Driessen to interview the renowned designer and teacher Gijs Bakker about the origins of the movement. Read the interview in the link below!https://www.phillips.com/article/60762855/contemporary-d...
chp...? has ended
Monday March 9th 2020
In 1996, Gijs Bakker received the prestigious Prince Bernard Prize including a cash prize of 100,000 Guilders. Thanks to the award he was able to co-create the jewelry brand Chi ha paura…?. The label was the embodiment of a long-cherished idea to bring jewelry to the market as an industr...
Exhibitions In Shanghai & Qingdao, China
Monday September 16th 2019
From September 1 until 22 September 2019, the New Center of Contemporary Jewellery and Fashion Culture (NoCC) in Shanghai (Part of the College of Design and Innovation Tongji University) presents the exhibition Shining on the Stage - Dutch Spirit.
The exhibition futures works by leading contemporar...
Wednesday October 3rd 2018
MASieraad is an initiative of 3 jewellery designers: Gijs Bakker, Ted Noten and Ruudt Peters, art historian Liesbeth den Besten, Liesbeth in 't Hout who has a broad experience in (design) education and Leo Versteijlen, who works in urban development.
Since October 2018...
Salone del Mobile. Milano, 9 – 14 April 2019, Karakter Presents Sixty years of creativity
Thursday March 28th 2019
During Salone del Mobile 2019, Karakter presents sixty years of creativity – narrated by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni including works by Gijs Bakker.
Keynote Lecture at The Design Museum, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Thursday March 28th 2019
On Sunday, 17 March 2019, Gijs Bakker delivered the keynote address as part of the Schmuck week at The Design Museum, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.
Keynote Address at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto - Friday, 9 November 2018
Tuesday October 30th 2018
On Friday, 9 November 2018, Gijs Bakker will deliver the keynote address as part of the Making and Thinking symposium held at the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
Making and Thinking, Collaboration 2.0 is a two-day symposium (November 9-10) investigating the collaborative relationships between design,...
Keynote Address at Design Forum Gdańsk - 24 October 2018
Thursday October 18th 2018
On Wednesday, 24 October 2018, Gijs Bakker will deliver the Keynote Address at the 2nd Design Forum Gdańsk, held at the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts and Design.
This year's Design Forum will be devoted to creative 3D printing techniques and the possibilities of digital design. Residents o...
Exhibition Toen Emmy, nu Gijs at Design Museum Den Bosch
'Toen Emmy, nu Gijs' at Design Museum Den Bosch
In 2010, the Design Museum Den Bosch acquired an important part of the inheritance of designer Emmy van Leersum. On the occasion of 10 years of acquisitions by the Vereniging Rembrandt, the Design Museum now presents designs by Emm...
Exhibition Device People at Hôtel Droog
Thursday September 27th 2018
chp…? jewelry presents Device People, curated by Gijs Bakker, at Hôtel Droog with works by:Bart Hess, Conversation Piece by Nicolas Cheng & Beatrice Brovia, Jing He, mischer'traxler studio and Patricia Domingues
Opening by Timo de Rijk, director Desig...
Exhibition Then...Now at Hôtel Droog
Monday May 28th 2018
To mark the quarter-century anniversary Droog presents a new exhibition Then … Now in the lobby of Hôtel Droog. In 1993 Droog debuted with a modest show of offbeat items by Dutch designers. Here young Dutch designers chose to use discarded materials and embraced impe...
Keynote Address and Exhibition in Nanjing
Saturday May 26th 2018
On May 26th, Gijs Bakker delivered a keynote speech in Nanjing (China) as part Forum on the Dynamic Inheritance of the Intangible Cultural Heritage organised by the World Historical & Cultural Cities Expo in Nanjing (China). By bringing together innovation resources, encouraging social participa...
Royal Distinction: Gijs Bakker appointed Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw
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...
chp...? jewelry presents Device People - Salone del Mobile 2018
From April 17th to April 22nd, chp...? jewelry presents Device People at ALCOVA, Via Popoli Uniti 11/13, 20121, Milano, in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch/ Design Museum Den Bosch.
Devices have taken over our lives. According to research, the average smartphone u...
'Challenging Jewellery' - New Temporary Programme At Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam
Thursday January 11th 2018
CHALLENGING JEWELLERY Challenging Jewellery is a unique, and experimental temporary Master Programme on jewellery at Sandberg Institute Amsterdam.
This Master Programme is an initiative of MASieraad, four well known Dutch professionals on jewellery: Gijs Bakker, Ruudt Peters and Ted...
Rihanna wears Gijs Bakker 'Double Chin' necklace for ELLE Magazine cover story
Music superstar Rihanna takes the cover of ELLE Magazine‘s October 2017 edition, captured by fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo and styled by Daniel Vandewal. The full story features a beautiful image of Rihanna wearing the Gijs Bakker designed 'Doubl...
Gijs Bakker at Design/Miami Basel 2017
Thursday June 8th 2017
From 13 until 18 June, Caroline Van Hoek will again participate in Design Miami/ Basel.
During the upcoming edition of the fair, Caroline Van Hoek will bring 17 key works by Gijs Bakker, including the Black to White necklace.
Design Miami/ Basel 2017June 13 - 18B...
MEDUSA - Bijoux et Tabou at Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville Paris
Friday May 19th 2017
From May 19 until 5 November 2017, The Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris hosts the exhibition MEDUSA - Bijoux et Tabous: an exhibition around jewelry that questions our relationship to jewelry both physically and conceptually. Neither sculpture nor fashion per se, jewelry lies...
World Press Photo Award 2017
Thursday May 4th 2017
For the 28th consecutive year, Gijs Bakker designed the World Press Photo Award.
The winning photograph was translated by computer into a pattern of holes drilled in the brass. Winner of the 2017 Photo of the Year Contest was Burhan Ozbilici's photo of the assassination of Russian ambassador Andrey...
Jury including Gijs Bakker awards prestigious LOEWE Foundation Craft Prize
Monday April 10th 2017
On April 10th, the winner of the prestigious LOEWE Foundation Craft Prize was announced by the jury including Rolf Fehlbaum, the former chief executive of the Swiss furniture company Vitra, designers Gijs Bakker, Naoto Fukasawa and Patricia Urquiola, W’s editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi, and cre...
Dutch Designer Created Jewelry With Something To Say | New York Times article about 'Black to White'
Friday March 24th 2017
'Why make a necklace with the faces of famous people, organized by skin tone from lightest to darkest or, depending on how you look at it, darkest to lightest?' asks Nina Siegal in the New York Times. Read the full article here.
Residency and Lecture in Nanjing, China
Friday March 17th 2017
From March 13th until 18th, Gijs Bakker visited Nanjing (China) to take part in the Revival of Chinese Traditional Handicrafts - Masters Designers in Residence Program 2017. The program is conceived as a resaerch, inheritance and innovation of handicrafts inscribed as intangible cultural heritage, e...
Created Equal | DisegnoDaily review by Glenn Adamson of 'Black to White'
Monday February 20th 2017
'What is Bakker up to here?', asks Glenn Adamson in DisegnoDaily. Read his full article about the current solo exhibition Black to White by Gijs Bakker at Borzo Gallery here.
If you're not able to stop by Amsterdam before February 25th, you're in luck! The exhibition will travel to Brussels an...
Solo exhibition 'Black to White' at Borzo & Caroline Van Hoek
On the occasion of his 75th birthday, Borzo Gallery and Caroline Van Hoek present Black to White: a solo exhibition by Gijs Bakker that will showcase his latest jewelry designs.
The exhibition will take place at both galleries, with a debut at Borzo Gallery in Amsterdam on Febr...
Call for intern
Gijs Bakker Design offers an intern position. If: - you are in your third year of study or beyond. - you have an independent and responsible work attitude. - you are interested in learning about every aspect of a design practice. - you are looking for a new experience, not as a designer in a...
Keynote Address by Gijs Bakker at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Saturday October 1st 2016
On Saturday, October 1st, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts the Symposium: Beyond Bling: Jewelry Matters. The symposium celebrates the opening of Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection and features a panel discussion and several speakers exploring contemporary jewelry throu...
chp...? jewelry on tour - workshops
Friday August 5th 2016
On Friday August 5th, during the opening week of the chp...? jewelry exhibition at the Museo Franz Mayer, Gijs Bakker held a workshop that was attended by both talented students and professionals in the contemporary jewelry field. For the first time ever, the complete overview of all chp…? j...
chp...? jewelry on tour
chp…? jewelry celebrates its 20th birthday with an exhibition showing the complete collection at Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City. Established in 1996 by co-founder Gijs Bakker as Chi ha paura….? (Who’s afraid of…?), the label aims to show that jewelry design evolves just...
Gijs Bakker takes part in jury for prestigious LOEWE Craft Prize
In 2016 the LOEWE FOUNDATION launches the LOEWE Craft Prize, an annual international prize recognising an outstanding work of craftsmanship that pairs an original artistic concept with a modern application of traditional methods. The award seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of a...
Gijs Bakker joins Akademie van Kunsten (Society of Arts)
Gijs Bakker has joined as member of the prestigious Dutch Society of Arts (Akademie van Kunsten). The Society of Arts, which was founded in part at the instigation of Jet Bussemaker, Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, and launched in April 2014, gives artists a place to share ideas wi...
Tripod (1978) produced by Lyngby Porcelain
Danish brand Lyngby Porcelain has put the Tripod light design (1978) by Gijs Bakker into production. The Tripod is comprised of a single piece of clear mouth-blown crystal glass, shaped like an elongated dome. A light bulb is supported at the centre of the dome by three finger-shaped sections, cau...
Exhibition 'Ode to Dutch Fashion' - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
The exhibition 'Ode to Dutch Fashion' at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag features fashion designs by Gijs Bakker from the 1960s and 1980s, including one of the 1987 'Shirt-project' designs. Visit the exhibition to see the other designs, including a dress and necklace for Emmy van Leersum. The exhibit...
16 - 26 September - Gallery Funaki (Melbourne, AUS) presents chp...?
Rigg Design Prize 2015
On Thursday 17 September 2015, Gijs Bakker and Wava Carpenter seated the jury for the annual Rigg Design Prize at the NGV Australia. Recognising excellence in contemporary design, the Rigg Design Prize is the highest accolade for object and furniture design in Australia. International contempora...
18 September 2015 - Keynote Lecture at National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
On September 18th, Gijs Bakker will deliver a keynote lecture during 'Parallels - Journey into Contemporary Making', an international event exploring the future of contemporary craft and design, organized by The National Craft Initiative and the Natonional Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia...
Gijs Bakker in 'Design Derby - Netherlands - Belgium (1815 - 2015)', Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
A selection of designs including the Umbrella lamp (1973) and Ballroom lamp (1983) by Gijs Bakker are currently featured in the exhibition Design Derby - Netherlands - Belgium (1815 - 2015), that runs until September 13, 2015 at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam.
Gijs Bakker at Design Miami/ Basel 2015
During this edition of Design Miami/ Basel, Caroline van Hoek presents STONES, including various designs by Gijs Bakker such as the Butterflies brooch and Necklace 3 Point 7.
Gijs Bakker 'The Holes Project' at Atelier Courbet, NY
This May, New York gallery Atelier Courbet, in collaboration Helen Drutt, presents a retrospective solo exhibition focusing on 'The Holes Project' by Gijs Bakker. The exhibition includes a range of iconic products such as the Chair with Holes (1989), Vertical Holes candle holder (1992) and Du...
Geesa presents Rose Hook by Gijs Bakker
On the occasion of its 130th anniversary, Geesa presents the Rose Hook by Gijs Bakker. The Rose Hook, with a diameter of 120 mm, is made from solid brass in a limited and numbered series of 130 pieces.The 40 mm wide detachable base can be mounted to the wall by two screws.The Rose Hook comes...
5 September 2015 - Next Jeneration Jewellery Talent Contest 2015
This year, the 4th edition of the Next Jeneration Jewellery Talent Contest will take place in Vicenza, Italy. Organized by the Fiera di Vicenza S.p.A., with the scientific advice of the school of Design of Politecnico di Milano, the international contest is dedicated to ideas of young talents under...
"Jewellery & Design" at Museo del Gioiello, Vicenza (IT)
After many years of preparation, the Museo del Gioiello in Vicenza (IT) finally opened its doors in December 2014. The beautiful Basilica in the heart of Vicenza, designed and constructed in the 15th century by the famous Italian architect Andrea Palladio, serves as decor for this new museum devot...
3 December 2014 - 8 March 2015 - Hermitage, St. Petersburg
We are pleased to announce that the Titian (David) necklace by Gijs Bakker is featured in the 'Gifts from America: 1948 - 2013. Modern and contemporary applied arts from the Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA)' exhibition at the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.
The exhibition presents 74 works in di...
3 - 7 December - Necklace 3 Point 7 at Design Miami/2014
During the 10th anniversary edition of Design Miami, Galerie Caroline van Hoek presents new work by Gijs Bakker:
Necklace 3 Point 7 A Chart Becomes A Necklace 19 links, of equal weight (3.7 grams) but constructed from different material, give the necklace its shape. Materials: aluminum,...
20 November 2014 - Gijs Bakker jewelry at Atelier Courbet, New York
We are pleased to announce that jewelry by Gijs Bakker will be presented at the Masters in the Studio Jewelry Movement at Atelier Courbet, New York. For this presentation, Atelier Courbet consulted with internationally recognized curator in the field of crafts and in particular jewelry, Helen Drut...
7 October 2014 - Gijs Bakker lecture at UMPRUM, Prague
7 - 12 October 2014 - Designblok, Prague
During Designblok, Prague Design and Fashion Week, Gijs Bakker and chp...? will present a very special selection of works at Art House, a baroque palace with a long history and plentiful decorations, housing projects on the border between art and design.
For more information about Designblok, click...
4 October 2014 - opening of MIMA jewellery gallery
Saturday 4 October 2014, the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art's new permanent jewellery gallery will open to the public.
Over 200 pieces from mima's own collection, featuring some of the most revered artist jewellers of the last fifty years, including Wendy Ramshaw, Ted Noten, Gijs Bakke...
27 September 2014 - 22 March 2015 - chp...? Global Identity at Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch
From 27 September 2014 till 22 March 2015, the Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch will present the chp...? Global Identity collection.
Contributors: Atelier Ted Noten, Bertjan Pot, Dinie Besems, Formafantasma, Gijs Bakker, Hector Lasso, HOKO, Kerianne Quick, Manon van Kouswijk, Natasja Boezem,...
21 September 2014 - 4 January 2015 - Le Labo des Héritiers, exhibition at Grand Hornu Images
Against the backdrop of a whole year dedicated to the theme of heritage, Grand-Hornu Images is organising an exhibition about the descendents of accomplished designers.
How do the children or grand children of figures such as Carlo Scarpa, Maarten and Dan Van Severen, Rik and José Verm...
23 September 2014 - Chamber NYC
On September 23rd, Chamber celebrated a grand opening in New York. The Chelsea boutique, curated by Studio Job, is devoted to exclusive limited editions and unique works of art and design. Exclusively for Chamber, Gijs Bakker designed the titanium and stainless steel Earth Brooch (limited edition...
13 - 14 September 2014 - Brussels Art Days
Brussels Art Days 2014 will mark the start of the new season and take place on September 13 and 14.
During this event, a selection of works by Gijs Bakker will be exhibited at Caroline van Hoek.
10 May 2014 - Next Jeneration Jewellery Talent Contest 2014
For the third consecutive year, Gijs Bakker participated as jury member for the Next Jeneration Jewellery Talent Contest 2014, an international competition for under-30s designers, promoted by the Fiera di Vicenza. This years theme was ‘Sentimental Jewellery’. The winners inclu...
4 April 2014 - Lecture Stedelijk Museum
April 4th, Gijs Bakker will give a lecture into The Gijs+Emmy Spectacle. Time: 4 April 2014 - 15:00-16:00 Location: Stedelijk Museum, start in the Schiphol Lounge Reservation necessary. Click here for more information about the lecture and to reserve. &nb...
6 March 2014 - Lecture CAFA Beijing
March 6th, Gijs Bakker gave a lecture at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. The lecture was enthousiastically received by the organisers, the students and other attenders.
5 March - 20 April 2014 - Beijing & Shenzhen
Dialogue Across Generations on Design Contemporary Jewellery Events - 5-25 March, Ubi Gallery, Beijing - 30 March-20April, OCT-Loft A3, Shenzhen A jewelry exhibition with Gijs Bakker and chp...? products. To open the exhibition in Beijing, Gijs Bakker will give a lecture on March 6th. Tit...
22 February - 24 August 2014 - The Gijs+Emmy Spectacle
On February 21st, was the opening of The Gijs+Emmy Spectacle in the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam. The exhibition has been enthousiastically received by the organisers, the press and other attenders. The exhibition is based on a legendary fashion show presented by the artist duo Gijs Bak...
"The Gijs + Emmy Spectacle" book and film
"On 12 May 1967, Gijs and Emmy presented their vision in a spectacular show in the Stedelijk Museum. This show, with its futuristic clothing and large aluminium neck bands, styling of the models, spotlights and electronic music, placed them in the vanguard of modern youth culture in one fell swoop....
22 February - 24 August 2014 - The Gijs+Emmy Spectacle
From February 22nd to August 24th, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents The Gijs+Emmy Spectacle, Fashion and Jewelry design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum, 1967-1972. The exhibition is based on a legendary fashion show presented by the artist duo Gijs Bakker (1942) and Emmy v...
15 February - Inhorgenta Munich
During Inhorgenta Munich 2014, Gijs Bakker will give a lecture in the framework of the Inspiration Lab event, an interdisciplinary event with experts, designers and forward thinkers. Title: Jewelry through the eyes of a designer Event: Inhorgenta Munich, Inspiration Lab. Date: 15th F...
4 - 8 December - Design Miami/2013
During the Design Miami/ fair, Caroline van Hoek presented a solo exhibition of Gijs Bakker's new works and launched a catalogue. Read here the newsletter for more information about Gijs Bakker's new serie of jewelry. Click here for more information about Ca...
13 October 2013 - Operae Independent Design Festival, Torino
October 13th, Gijs Bakker will give a lecture during the Operae Independent Design Festival of Torino. Title: Without Concept, No Craft Time: 13th Oct. 2013 (Sun) 5pm.-6pm. Location: Cantieri OGR, Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Corso Castelfidardo 22, Torino, Italy. Click here fo...
Stovepipe Necklace in Rijksmuseum
The Stovepipe necklace (1967) is on show in the renewed Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam as one of the highlights of 20th century jewellery. Click here for more information about the Rijksmuseum.
5 October 2013 - Taiwan Designers' Week
October 5th, Gijs Bakker will give a lecture during the Taiwan Designers' Week. Title: To design or to arouse revolution? - Look into the original Dutch design Time: 5th Oct. 2013 (Sat) 14:00-15:30 Location: Taipei Expo Park - Expo Dome Click here for more information.
26 September 2013 - Inside Design Amsterdam
During Inside Design Amsterdam, chi ha paura...? launched its new logo and website: www.chpjewelry.com
17 May 2013 - Next Jeneration Jewellery Talent Contest 2013
On 17 May 2013 Gijs Bakker - as president of the jury - will announce the winner of the Next Jeneration Jewellery Talent Contest 2013.
Click here for more information.
20&21 April 2013 - NRC Handelsblad Milan 2013
Saturday the 21th of April the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad published a short article in which Gijs Bakker answers some questions about Chi ha paura...? at the Salone del Mobile design fair in Milan 2013.
Click here to read the article by Arjen Ribbens....
Global Identity at Salone del Mobile 2013
The Global Identity exhibition of Chi ha paura…? at the Salone del Mobile 2013 in Milan - under the artistic leadership of Gijs Bakker - was a great succes. The exhibition was held in one of the most exciting spots in Lambrate during the design week. The response...
9 - 14 April - Salone del Mobile
In 2013 the LAP building at Ventura Lambrate will be one of the most exciting spots to visit during the design week. Chi Ha Paura ...? and HAN Gallery - both under the artistic leadership of Gijs Bakker - will team up with some of the most influential and groundbreaking desingers and design venues o...
Plastic Soup bracelet for CHP
For the new upcoming CHP collection Global Identity Gijs Bakker created the bracelet Plastic Soup. The bracelet was presented at the exhibition of Chi ha paura ...? during the Salone del Mobile 2013.
Event: Salone del Mobile
Date: 9 - 14 April 2013
Location: LAP (Lambretto Art Project), Via...
27 March - 1 April - PAD fair Paris
During the PAD (Paris Art + Design) fair, Caroline van Hoek presented an overview of Gijs Bakker's bracelet series 'Shot'.
Event: PAD Paris
Date: 27 March until 1 April 2013
Location: Esplanade des Feuillants 234, rue de Rivoli (opposite the Rue de Castiglione), Paris, France (stand 22)....
15 - 16 February - The Wonder of Eindhoven
Through the festival Het Wonder van Eindhoven, Paradiso, de VPRO and the Publishing Company Podium have paid a tribute to the city of Eindhoven for it's important role as the hotbed of creativity in the field of design, music and art. During the festival a Design Conference was held in which Gijs Ba...
5 - 9 December 2012 - Miami Design Fair
During the Design Miami 2012 fair an overview of Gijs Bakker's jewellery designs was presented by the Brussels based gallery Caroline van Hoek.
Read here the press release.
Look here for an overview of the works.
Read here a French review.
3 December 2012 - Lecture Central Saint Martins, London UK
December 3th, Gijs Bakker gave a lecture at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. The lecture was
enthousiastically received by the organisers, the students and other attenders.
Read here the review of Flora Bhattachary.
29 November 2012 - Design.nl interview
Thursday 29 November 2012 Design.nl published an online interview with Caroline van Hoek where she talks about her new relationship representing Gijs Bakker's jewellery and the reasons why Gijs Bakker moved so easily between the jewellery, design and art worlds.
Click here to read the interview....
19 October - Avro Opium 'Virtuele Vitrine' video with Gijs Bakker
The radio- and television program Opium from broadcasting company Avro published a short film online in which Gijs Bakker tells about an important object for him; a tray by Italian designer Bruno Munari.
Link to the video (dutch)
13 October 2012 - NRC Handelsblad interview
Saturday the 13th of October the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad published an interview with Gijs Bakker in their Lux supplement.
Gijs Bakker was interviewed by Rinskje Koelewijn.
Click here to read the article
30 September - Speaker at Beijing Design Week, Luxury & Craft event
Gijs Bakker will be a speaker during Beijing Design Week at Capital M Pop-Up Lounge at the event Luxury & Craft September 30, 5pm.
There will also be a roundtable discussion including Gijs Bakker that will question the value of contemporary craft within the presen...
September 2012 - Gijs Bakker interview in Frame magazine #88
In Frame #88 Sep/Oct 2012, Gijs Bakker is interviewed and talks about education, Asia and why it's time to leave the Design Academy in Eindhoven.
Interview: Louise Schouwenberg
Photos: Elsbeth Struijk van Bergen
You can order the magazine here online or get a copy at your magazine- or boo...
10,11 August - Press conference and lecture HAN Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan
HAN Gallery will host a press conference August 10 announcing the establishment and launch of HAN Gallery. The press conference will also focus on the HAN Gallery exhibition that is now on view in Taipei. Gijs Bakker, creative director of HAN gallery will be present at the press conference....
8 August - Lecture Shenzhen, China
Wednesday August 8, Gijs Bakker will be the keynote speaker during the Home Furnishing Expo in Shenzhen that will be held on 7th to 9th August 2012 at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center (SZCEC) by TGCC, ALL-CHINA AIC and Guangdong Home Textile Association.
Time: 2 pm local time...
July 2012 - Gijs Bakker resigns as Head of the Mastersprogramme DAE
This month Gijs Bakker - after 25 years with the Design Academy Eindhoven – resigned from the school and his current position as Head of the Master’s programme.
Read the reactions from his colleagues in regard to Gijs Bakker's resignation in the article on Design.nl.
25 july until 19 August 2012 - HAN Gallery exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan
(photo: Plastic Ceramics Tabletop by designer Pili Wu)
After exhibitions in Helsinki and in Milan, the first collection of
HAN Gallery will make its first public appearance in its hometown, Taipei.
The title of the exhibition is ROUND-and-FULL-NESS in a Contemporary Sense.
24 May - Panel discussion at Konstfack University, Stockholm
Thursday May 24th Gijs Bakker was a guest presenter at the panel discussion ‘The designer as the producer – A playground of possibilities’ at the Kontsfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Read more here
19 May - Gijs Bakker receives an Andrea Palladio Jewellery Award
Gijs Bakker was honored with an Andrea Palladio Jewellery Award in the category Best International Jewellery Designer during the opening of Vicenzaoro Spring 2012 in Vicenza, Italy.
The prestigious prize was awarded by a jury, presided over by Maestro Gianmaria Buccellati and consisting of:...
May 2012 - Unexpexted Pleasures exhibition
A selection of Gijs Bakker’s jewellery work is on show at the ‘Unexpected Pleasures – The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery’ exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.
Unexpected Pleasures brings together important jewellery work...
17 until 22 April - HAN Gallery at Salone del Mobile 2012
HAN Gallery exhibited its new collection with special pieces exclusively for Milan. Expanding upon the direction of Yii, new prototypes have been developed and are now available as commercial products. Gijs Bakker continues his work as art director for HAN Gallery and Han de Chan as director of HAN...
17 until 22 April - CHP at Salone del Mobile 2012
The Chi ha paura…? exhibition at the Ventura Lambrate In Milan was a great success this year! We had over a thousand visitors a day. The installation at the gallery consisted of 15 white shirts hanging from cabels with 15 jewelry pieces.
The CHP visitors were happily suprised to learn that...
20 February - Helen Drutt in The Netherlands
(photo: Beatrice Jansen)
In honor of Gijs Bakker turning 70, Premsela The Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, invited collector Helen Drutt for a lecture in The Netherlands.
The lecture was held at the Tassenmuseum in Amsterdam.
More information (pdf)
3 February - Lecture Lost in Lace conference
Gijs Bakker will be the keynote speaker at the Lost in Lace conference in Birmingham. The confernce in organised by the Craft Council and the Birmingham City Council. The conference will be held at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, February 3rd, 10am - 4pm....
25 January - Lecture MaterialXperience, Rotterdam
During the event MaterialXperience in Rotterdam, Gijs Bakker will give a lecture January 25th, 4pm - 5pm in Ahoy Rotterdam. The lecture will be about the relationship between concept and craft.
23, 24 January - Lecture + workshop, Prague
Gijs Bakker will give a guest lecture and a workshop at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, January 23th - 24th, 2012.
1-7 December - Workshop HAN Gallery, Taipei
From December 1st till December 7th, 2011, Gijs Bakker gave a workshop in Taipei for HAN Gallery.
Gijs Bakker wins Lifetime Achievement Award at Sanoma Living Awards 2011
(photos: Thijs ter Hart)
Gijs Bakker was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sanoma Living Awards Gala held on November 28th in Amsterdam. According to the jury Gijs Bakker has generated worldwide attention for Dutch design with Droog D...
Say Hello Wave Goodbye - SM's
A selection of Gijs Bakker’s jewellery is currently on display at SM’s Say Hello Wave Goodbye exhibition.
A selection of Gijs Bakker’s jewellery is currently on display at SM’s Say Hello Wave Goodbye exhibition.
The exhibition shows a selectio...
Kitsch tra arte e ornamento, Cortina d'Ampezzo Gallery, Padova
Gijs Bakker's jewellery work is included in the group exhibition Kitsch tra arte e ornamento in Padova, Italy.
The exhibition will be on view till December 22th, 2011.
After a succesful presentation last year, CHP will again be present at this years' Maison&Objet. Paris' annually reocurring event bringing together design in all its diversity from all over the world. CHP can be visited at Hall 7 ('NOW!Design a Vivre'), Stand M171.
Chi ha paura...?(CHP) (Italian for 'Who is afraid of...?') makes conceptual designer jewellery by international (jewellery) designers. CHP was established in 1996 by Gijs Bakker (NL) and Marijke Vallanzasca (IT).
At Meesterlijk, a yearly event focussing on high-end design craft CHP presents its...
7 July 2011 - jury
For the 34th edition of the Delta Awards for Best Product Design, granted by the Association of Industrial Design (ADIFAD), Barcelona (SP) Gijs Bakker will be part of the jury. The award ceremony takes place 7 July 2011 at ADIFAD. For more information contact Gisela Izard, email@example.com
17 June 2011 - lecture
During the Creative Economy Talks of Design Sao Paulo, which coincides with São Paulo Fashion Week this year (14 - 18 June), Gijs Bakker will give a lecture about his work at the Biennale Building and OCA building (Niemeyer), Ibirapuera Park. For more information email to firstname.lastname@example.org
21 May 2011 - CHP retrospective at Vicenza
As part of Italy's leading gold and jewellery fair 'Vicenzaoro', running from 21 till 25 May 2011 at the city of Vicenza, an unprecedented retrospective of the CHP collection will be on show. To fit the occasion three naval containers located at Vicenza's central city square will be turned into...
6 May 2011 - exhibition+lecture
For the exhibition 'Spirit of Stone' at South Karelia Museum, Lappeenranta (FI) Gijs Bakker will speak at the the accompanying symposium at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Lappeenranta (FI). For more information look at the website or email to email@example.com
28 april 2011 - exhibition
Gijs Bakker participates in the summer exhibition 'Dutch Design' at Schloss Oranienbaum, Oranienbaum-Wörlitz (DL). For more information visit the website.
Photo review - Yii 'Street Life' @Salone del Mobile 2011
(Photos: Domus Italy)
11 February 2011 - PRESS RELEASE
Yii to bring out new concepts by Taiwanese and international designers exploring an 'every day life' synergy between crafts and design. April 12-17 2011, Triennale di Milano.
The Taiwanese design brand Yii carries forward the translation of crafts and traditions of its country i...
2 December 2010 - lecture
Gijs Bakker will give a guest lecture at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO), Norway.
For more information send an email to frodronn AT khio.no
Accompanying the exhibition EMMY+GIJS+ALDO at the Zuiderzee Museum, Enkhuizen (NL) is the catalogue published by 010Publishers. More about the book, or to order it, visit the website of 010.
16 November 2010 - lecture
The A-Z Lectures organised by Designplatform Limburg bring together new and established talent. Within this framework Gijs Bakker will give a lecture at Z33 in Hasselt (BE)
More information at www.a-zlezingen.be and www.designplatform.be
1 November 2010 - Pioneers of Industrial Culture
During Tokyo Designers Week 2010 Tim Vermeulen, director of Premsela/ Dutch Platform for Design and Fashion, will interview Gijs Bakker in the temporary Llove Hotel about his role in shaping contemporary design culture. The interview is part of a program initiated by Premsela, Dutch Platform for D...
31 October 2010 until 29 May 2011 - exhibition
From 31 October 2010 until 29 May 2011 an overview of the designs of Emmy van Leersum, Gijs Bakker and Aldo Bakker will be on show during an exhibition at the Zuiderzee Museum, Enkhuizen (NL). Accompanying the exhibition BIS Publishers will bring out a book, titled EMMY+GI...
8 October 2010 - lecture
At Vienna Designweek Gijs Bakker will give one of the newly established Vienna Design Week Talks on Why Design?
For more information check the website of Vienna Designweek or click here
Yii at Maison&Objet
The new Taiwanese design brand Yii presents at Maison&Objet it's first complete collection to appear on the international market. All the products were created in 2009 and 2010 under creative direction of Gijs Bakker. For more information read the press release here.
13 April 2010 - PRESS RELEASE
During Salone del Mobile 2010 the new design brand Yii (Taiwan) will launch its first commercial exhibition on the international stage. Held upon the initiative of the Taiwan Craft Research Institute and under the artistic leadership of Gijs Bakker, the exhibition will be on show from the 14th u...
16 January 2010 – lecture
At the occasion of the exhibition 'Designers on Jewellery/ Twelve years of jewellery production by Chi ha paura...?' at the San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design, Gijs Bakker will give a lecture: Saturday, January 16, 4 PM – 6 PM Marriott Hotel Union Square, 480 Sutter Street (near SFMC+D) Free...
3 December 2009 – exhibition+lecture
From 3 December 2009 until 3 February 2010 an overview of Gijs Bakker’s ‘classics’ but also more recent product designs will be on display - some also for sale- at Roomservice Design Gallery in Barcelona. Preceding the opening of the exhibition on the 3rd Gijs will give a...
10 November 2009 – lecture
Gijs Bakker will give a lecture in Moscow in the framework of the "Dutch architecture-, design- and fashion books distribution in Russia"-program organised by the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA) in Moscow. For more information please contact Al...
4 November 2009 – lecture
At the occasion of the lecture program ‘Dasein-Design’ of the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Gijs Bakker will give a lecture. For more more information also check www.mkg-hamburg.de.
28 October 2009 – lecture
At the occasion of DESIGNLAND hosted by Linz09 en DAM Magazine Gijs Bakker will give a lecture. For more information also check www.linz09.at
13 October 2009 – product launch
Commissioned by Royal van Kempen en Begeer, Gijs Bakker designed a cutlery as part of the new iD-cutlery range of Royal VKB. A press launch will take place at department store the Bijenkorf, Amsterdam. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check www.royalvkb.com
1 – 10 October 2009 – product development
Design in Context: Gijs Bakker coordinates the product development of the products that resulted from the workshop in Taipei on the cooperation between Taiwanese craft and industry with 20 Taiwanese designers. The project is In cooperation with the Taiwanese Design Centre.
29 September 2009 – publication
The NYTimes publishes an article about the opening of the exhibition ‘Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection’ at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) NYC. The former Secretary of State is photographed while wearing Gijs Bakkers’ ‘Liberty Brooch’ 1998, which...
19 – 27 September 2009 exhibition
For the First time the complete SM’s jewellery collection by Gijs Bakker and his late wife Emmy van Leersum is to be seen in Amsterdam at the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam. Q&A session with Gijs Bakker on Sunday 27 September at 15:30.
Curator: Nora Morton / email@example.com
9 September 2009 - lecture
In the framework of Habitare 2009 Gijs Bakker will present a lecture at Alvar Aalto Academy, Helsinki, Finland, as part of a seminar on durability and design on Wednesday, September 9, 2009. For further information check: www.alvaraalto.fi
7-16 May 2009 – workshop
Design in context: Gijs Bakker will lead a workshop in Taipei on the Taiwanese craft and industry with 20 Taiwanese designers. In cooperation with the Taiwanese Design Centre.
Dispute over company’s direction cannot be resolved:
Droog Design Founder Gijs Bakker Resigns
Amsterdam, June 20th 2009 - Founder Gijs Bakker has left Droog Design, the internationally renowned design platform, which he launched with Renny Ramakers in 1993. He has also resigned as a board m...
15 April 2009 - Lecture
As part of the SCAD Visiting Speaker program at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Gijs Bakker will present a lecture open to the public on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. www.scad.edu
Legnica Festival of Silver
Gijs Bakker will take part in jury session of 18th International Silverart Competition DECADENCE, organized from the 4th May till 14th June 2009 by the Gallery of Art in Legnica, Poland, in the framework of the Legnica Festival of Silver. For further information: www.galeria.legnica.pl
Lecture by Gijs Bakker - Wednesday, March 4th, 19:00 California College of the Arts Design and Craft Lecture Series Spring 2009
Since the beginning of Gijs Bakker’s career in 1965, Bakker has sought to free himself from the heavy tradition of the jewellery field, seeking independence both artistically and economically. Without clients and commissions, Bakker could experiment, giving full attention to the concept, a...
Lecture by Gijs Bakker - Monday, February 23rd, 18:30
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, USA
Gijs Bakker will give an overview of his work as an independent jewellery and product designer, as an educator at Design Academy Eindhoven, and as co-director of Droog since 1993 to the present.
Lecture November 27th V&A London
In relation to Gijs Bakker’s work at the Cold War Modern exhibition at the V&A Museum in London, Bakker will give a lecture on the 27th of November, at Metal Rocks, part of V&A’s Friday Late View programme. This evening features different performances talks and workshops about...
Lecture: Concept over Craft, 19:00 November 1st, Gallery Deux Poissons, Tokyo
Since the beginning of Gijs Bakker’s career in 1965, Bakker has sought to free himself from the heavy tradition of the jewellery field, seeking independence both artistically and economically. Without clients and commissions, Bakker could experiment, giving full attention to the concept, a...
Lecture 18:30 Friday October 31st at Happa, Tokyo
Gijs Bakker will give a lecture about Droog at Gallery Happa in Tokyo.
This exhibition features Droog's unique pieces, on view for the first time to a Japanese public, as well as works showcased at the Milano Salone this year. Their designs reflect various phases of life, carrying strong...
Droog, the City of Amsterdam and Ymere present Redlight Design: a project that connects the work of seven young jewellery designers with the Amsterdam Redlight area. A full-commitment task since the designers will be living and working in houses that were formerly used by prostitutes. Redlight...
Droog Dakar PT2: designing urban trash cans for Gorée
Following the Droog Dakar exhibition in 2007, the Dutch Embassy took the initiative to organize a competition on designing trash cans for the island of Gorée. This Spring, the embassy selected eleven Senegalese designers/artists for the project.
In close collaboration with Droog, a li...
30 October – 9 November 2008 – REAL? at Deux Poissons, Tokyo
The REAL? collection moves to Deux Poissons gallery in Tokyo, Japan. The REAL? collection is Gijs Bakker’s latest body of work, an answer to the successful REAL collection from 2004-2006 with ten new jewellery pieces with each an astonishing intervention. A catalogue written by Glenn Ada...
May 20 – June 24, 2008 Gijs Bakker & Emmy van Leersum exhibition
Download invitation here
EXCLUSIVE TO THE V&A SHOP
The 'Bracelet with 90 Degree Angle', originally from 1969, has been re-released exclusively to the V&A Shop in London in a limited number of five pieces. The new piece is made from titanium. Measures 103mm(h) x 85mm(w) with 9mm diameter.
May 19 2008 20:00 Gijs lectures at Idar-Obersteiner Formdiskurs
Re-Thinking instead of Re-Designing
“Under the title “Thinking – Jewellery” we are trying to reflect upon what jewellery really is. It is an interdisciplinary approach outside the respective categories of handicraft and art, either applied or liberal. It is the search for w...
22 March 2008 – REAL? at Galerie RA
On Saturday 22 March 2008 Gijs Bakker will present his new collection REAL?, his answer to the successful REAL collection from 2004-2006, in Galerie RA, Amsterdam. The REAL?-collection consist of 10 new unique jewellery pieces with each an astonishing intervention. A catalogue written by Glenn...
Benno Premsela Prize
Renny Ramakers and Gijs Bakker were awarded the prize for their work with Droog Design over the last 14 years. Their enormous commitment has seen this initiative grow into an internationally admired label and design platform that has had an enormous impact on the international design world...
22 February 2008 – Gijs lectures at festival in Budapest
Gijs Bakker lectures at the Dutch-Hungarian Design Festival, taking place in Budapest, on 22-24 February. The Hungarian designers association WAMP & the Dutch embassy in Budapest took the initiative to organize the festival. Their aim is to promote Dutch and Flemish design in Hungary and to...
7 February 2008 – Retrospective exhibition in Philadelphia, USA
The retrospective exhibition “Gijs Bakker and Jewelry 1958 – 2005” will be on display from7 February until 18 May 2008 at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in Philadelphia, USA. The work of Bakker not only shows more than 40 years of jewellery design, but also remarkable provocation...
25 January 2008 – Gijs’ jewellery on Collect at the V&A, London
From 25 until 29 January 2008 a small selection of Gijs’ work will be on display at Collect, the international art fair for contemporary objects. Galerie RA will show not only works from the REAL collection but also from Holysport and the I don’t drive cars, I wear them-collection.
25 January 2008 – New products of Gijs Bakker during Maison et Objet
For French company ENO Gijs designed four new products: an amaryllis vase, a foldable umbrella, a pair of trousers holders and a handy home base for your mobile phone and keys. From 25 until 29 January these products will be presented at the fair Maison et Objet in Paris. More information: www.e...
5 November 2007 – Benno Premsela Award for Gijs Bakker and Renny Ramakers
The Benno Premsela Award, named after Dutch designer and initiator Benno Premsela (1920-1997), is an award for a person who has played an important role for artists, designers or architects. The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (known in the Netherlands as Fonds BK...
19 October 2007 – Xperiment 07 in Australia
Design Institute of Australia, Adelaide presnts the Xperiment symposium taking place from 18 until 21 October. Gijs will take part in the symposium with a lecture and workshop. The lecture will be about ‘re-use’ or a new way of looking at how things are designer. www.deisgn.org.au.
13 October 2007 – Creativities Unfold in Bangkok
Download in PDF >>
During Creativities Unfold Gijs speak about creative practices and the role of design and business. He will also give a workshop for young designers.
8 October 2007 –Ornament as Art: avant-garde jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection
Some of Gijs Bakker’ most unique work is present in the collection of Helen Williams Drutt. She founded the celebrated Helen Drutt Gallery in Philadelphia, which specialized in contemporary jewellery and ceramics. The book, Ornament as Art, sets standards for measuring the importance of c...
5 October 2007 - Gijs Bakker represented at the International Art+Design Fair
From 5 until 10 October 2007 Sara Benda’s Afsoun (stand G14) will represent Gijs Bakker’s jewellery at the International Art + Design Fair, New York. More info on www.afsoun.com, Exhibitions.
30 September 2007 – Opening of Ornament as Art in the Museum of Fine Art Houston
The exhibition Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection fully explores the impact of contemporary jewelry as a global art form. The goal of the exhibition is to broaden the understanding of contemporary jewelry through a multilayered, critical assessment of t...
22 September 2007 – Double Earring in Sweden
The Double Earring from the REAL Collection will be exhibited in the "hnoss depended" jubilee-exhibition in Göteborg, Sweden. The exhibition will be open at The Röhss Museum on the 22th of September 2007. www.designmuseum.se
14 September 2007 - Challenging the Châtelaine!
Maria Callas was Gijs’ muze to design the chatelaine for this exhibition. The special designed earring can be seen at the following museums:
Estonia, Tallinn, Tarbekunstimuuseum from 31 August until 14 October 2007;
Greece, Athens, Lalaounis Jewelry Museum from 1 November 2007 unti...
27 September 2007 – Gijs in Michigan
Gijs lectures at the School of Art & Design of the University of Michigan to speak abou thte responsibility designers should take in this world. Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor on 27 September, 17.00 hours.
9 March 2007 – Gijs’ retrospective exhibitioin in Munich, Germany
Die Neue Sammlung has for some time now devoted itself intensively to Gijs Bakker’s jewelry and dedicated a large, permanent display area to this very theme: the ‘Danner Rotunda’ in the Pinakothek der Moderne. It is against this background that this retrospective is focusing...
1 March 2007 - Gijs Bakker speaks in Qatar,
From 5 till 8 March Gijs Bakker will speak at the Tasmeem Doha 2007 Design Conference, Qatar, Doha. http://www.tasmeemdoha.info/
9 February 2007 - Gijs Bakker in Valencia
During the Architecture and Design Forum, Cevisama, in Valencia, Spain jewellery designer and founder of Chi ha paura...? Gijs Bakker will give a lecture on 9 February 2007. More information can be found on http://cevisama.feriavalencia.com/
6 February 2007 - Collect
From 6-13 February a selection of Gijs' work is on display at Collect, the international art fair for contemporary objects at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. www.craftscouncil.org.uk/collect/
26 January 2007 - New interior and furniture for mima
Thursday 26 January 2007 the cafe of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) in Middlesbrough, UK opened its doors. Gijs Bakker not only designed the chairs and tables but also the interior is from his hand. Continuing on his Holes Project the interior has been 'shot'. Instead of the holes...
25 January 2007 - Latest Designs on NOW!
Design a Vivre The latest product designs of Gijs Bakker for ENO - Edition nouveaux objets (www.enostudio.net) are on display in hall 7 (booth K35 L36) at NOW! Design a Vivre, Paris from 26 - 30 January 2007. www.nowdesignavivre.com
12 January 2007 - Gijs' jewelry in Taiwanese design book
Displayed over two spreads in the book A Designer's Map: Navigation with 21+1 industrial designers not only some of the product designs of Gijs Bakker can be seen but also three highlights of his jewelry designs: Dew Drop, Waterman and Adam.
27 October 2006 – Gijs Bakker and Jewelry 1958 – 2005 in the PMMK, Oostende, Belgium
From 27 October 2006 till 25 February 2007 the retrospective exhibition of Gijs Bakker’s jewelry “Gijs Bakker and Jewelry 1958 – 2005” will be on display at the PMMK, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium. firstname.lastname@example.org
January 2006 - DESIGN PLUS award 2006
Serving tray designed for Royal VKB wins the DESIGN PLUS award 2006, at Ambiente Frankfurt, Germany.