about Gijs Bakker
Gijs Bakker (Amersfoort, The Netherlands, 1942) was trained as a jewelry and industrial designer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the Konstfackskolan in Stockholm, Sweden.
His designs cover jewelry, home accessories and household appliances, furniture, interiors, public spaces and exhibitions. He worked and works for numerous companies, including Polaroid, Artifort, Droog Design, Castelijn, HEMA, Royal VKB, ENO Studio and recently as creative director for Yii, Taiwan.
Bakker taught at various schools, among which the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, Delft University of Technology, and the Design Academy Eindhoven where he worked from 1987 until 2012 (since 2000 as Head of the Masters Programme). In 2016, Bakker joined as member of the Dutch Society of Arts (Akademie van Kunsten).
In 1993, Bakker co-founded Droog Design, a Dutch collective of designers, products and information. Together with Renny Ramakers, he was the selector and art director of all products within Droog Design until 2009.
In 1996, Bakker co-founded Chi ha paura…? (Italian for Who’s afraid of…?). With chp…?, the new brand name since 2013, they wanted to show the international design world that a piece of jewelry is more than a decorative fashion accessory. chp…? invites internationally acclaimed designers to create a special piece for the collection.
Gijs Bakker travels around the world to give workshops and lectures about his own work, Droog Design, chp…?, Yii /HAN gallery and is frequently a member of juries. His work is represented in both public and private collections worldwide. In 2018, Bakker received the royal distinction of Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw.
In 2016 Bakker founded the MASieraad foundation together with Ruudt Peters, Ted Noten, Liesbeth den Besten, Liesbeth in't Hout and Leo Versteijlen. MASieraad aims at the promotion of jewellery in a broad sense, through the organisation of education, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, and publications. MASieraad's first project started at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, as a temporary experimental 2-years Master called Challenging Jewellery. In 2020 MASieraad founded the international two-years Masterclass Program MASieraad Hasselt – Amsterdam, or MASieraad H-A.
2015 'Design Derby - Netherlands - Belgium (1815 - 2015)', Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
2015 'Gijs Bakker: The Holes Collection', Atelier Courbet, New York, USA
2014 / 2016 'Jewellery & Design', Museo del Gioiello, Vicenza, Italy
2014 / 2015 'Van Stoelen Bezeten', Het Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem, NL
2014 'Gifts from America: 1948–2013. Modern and contemporary applied arts from the Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA)', Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
2014 'Le Labo des Héritiers', Grand Hornu Images, Hornu, Belgium
2014 'Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography'. The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
2014 'Triple Parade'. Ubi Gallery, Beijing and OCT Loft, Shenzhen, China
2013 chp...? Global Identity, Salone del Mobile, Ventura Lambrate, LAP, Milan, Italy
2012 HAN Gallery and Chi ha paura..?, Salone del Mobile, Ventura Lambrate, Milan, Italy
2010 / 2011 Yii, Triennale Design Museum, Milan, Italy
2010 Roomservice Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
‘Shot’ and ‘Holysport’ Gallery Deux Poissons, Tokyo, Japan
1967 'Edelsmeden 3', group exhibition, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, Sanoma Living Awards