Beyond Bling - Contemporary Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection

"Beyond Bling - Contemporary Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection"

This important collection of contemporary jewelry, recently donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, reveals how studio jewelers have transformed the medium by confronting social issues and exploring new technologies and unconventional materials. Consisting of over 300 objects from the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, including 4 works by Gijs Bakker.
The collection is by turns edgy, experimental, and even disturbing. Objects range from a necklace featuring a gold cast of a rodent skull to a ring made from a hand- wrought, white-gold nail, bent and thrust through a large smoky quartz. With hundreds of new images and five incisive essays.

Texts: Helen W. Drutt English, Blake Gopnik, Benjamin Lignel, Rosie Chambers Mills and Bobbye Tigerman
Publisher: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, DelMonico Books, Prestel Munich, London, New York, 2016
ISBN: 9783791355627

Contemporary Jewellers: Interviews with European Artists

"Contemporary Jewellers: Interviews with European Artists"

This book offers an essential reference for anyone interested in contemporary European jewellery design. Through guided conversations with the major designers of today, Roberta Bernabei reveals the creative, conceptual and technical working practices that underpin the aesthetic of each practitioner's work. In addition, the dialogues shed new light on these jewellers' inspiration and their ideas about functionality and the human body. Each interview is supported by photographs and a detailed bibliography and appendix which locates the jewellers' work in galleries, museums as well as online. Major jewellery artists present include: Giampaolo Babetto, Gijs Bakker, Otto Künzli, Ruudt Peters, Mario Pinton and Tone Vigeland, alongside members of the emergent generation: Ted Noten, Annamaria Zanella and Christoph Zellweger. This book, which opens the door to contemporary jewellery practice, will be welcomed by all students, lecturers and practitioners.

Texts: Roberta Bernabei
Publisher: Berg Publishers, 2011
ISBN: 9781845207700

Jewellery & Design, Museo del Gioiello

"Jewellery & Design"

The catalogue, Jewellery & Design, was edited by Gijs Bakker following his curation of the Design exhibition on view at the new Museo del Gioiello - Vicenza (IT).

The exhibition runs until December 31, 2016.

Texts: Gijs Bakker
Publisher: Marsilio

Crafting a Collection - Fullercraft Museum Recent Acquisitions

"Crafting a Collection - Fullercraft Museum Recent Acquisitions"

This catalog is published by the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA (US) to accompany the exhibition showing recent acquisitions that also includes work by Gijs Bakker.

The exhibition can be seen from December 6, 2014 til July 12, 2015.

Texts: Jonathan Fairbanks and Beth C. McLaughlin.
Publisher: Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA (US)

Gifts from America: 1948 - 2013. Modern and Contemporary Applied Arts from the Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA)

"Gifts from America: 1948 - 2013. Modern and Contemporary Applied Arts from the Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA)"

Exhibition catalogue to the exhibition that presents 74 works in diverse media – textile, metal, glass, ceramic and wood, made from 1948 to 2013, collected by Helen W. Drutt English and Matthew J. Drutt and presented to the State Hermitage for its 250th Anniversary.

Texts: Mikhail Piotrovsky, Helen W. Drutt English, Paul Rodzianko, Matthew J. Drutt.
Publisher: The State Hermitage Publishers, St. Petersburg, 2014
ISBN: 9785935725471

Le Labo des Héritiers

 "Le Labo des Héritiers - Bakker / Scarpa / Van Severen / Vermeersch"

This catalog is published by Luster and Grand Hornu Images within the framework of the exhibition Le Labo des Héritiers, from September 21st 2014 till January 4th, 2015 in Grand Hornu.

How do the children or grand children of figures such as Carlo Scarpa, Maarten and Dan Van Severen, Rik and José Vermeersch, Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum deal with this inheritance? With a sense of preservation? With a sense of paradox? With a sense of opposition? With a sense of adaptation? What strategies do they employ on the basis of their line of descent and their family sources of inspiration? Without providing definitive answers to these complex questions, Le labo des héritiers looks at the individual work done by the heirs of these renowned designers, architects and artists.

Texts: Laurent Busine, Siri Driessen, Marc Holthof, Giovanna Massoni, Chris Meplon, Daniel Vader Gucht.
Publisher: Luster, Antwerp, 2014
ISBN: 9789460581366

Strange Design

"Strange Design - du design des objets au design des comportements"

Depuis quelques années ont fait leur apparition dans le monde du design des objets étranges : des objets dysfonctionnels, énigmatiques, compliqués. Ces objets relévent d’une posture que les designers anglais Anthony Dunne et Fiona Raby ont défini Critical Design (design critique) : un design spéculatif, réflexif, qui ne veut pas proposer des solutions, mais plutôt poser des questions, qui veut défier les affirmations rapides, les préjugés et lieux communs sur le rôle des produits dans la vie de tous les jours. Un design qui ne se veut pas affirmatif, c’est-à-dire soumis aux impératifs des systèmes de pouvoir, mais au contraire critique.
Cette « attitude » n’est pas nouvelle, mais a, au contraire, une histoire, qui longe la frontière entre art et design.
L’objectif de cet ouvrage n’est pas de reparcourir cette histoire de manière exhaustive ou linéaire, mais plutôt d’en envisager quelques épisodes afin de dégager les outils critiques dont ils sont porteurs pour l'histoire du design ­— comme une sismographie qui indique les résurgences de la crise d'un modèle.

With contributions by: Gijs Bakker, Jurgen Bey, Pieke Bergmans, Bless, Jan Boelen, Elio Caccavale, Florence Doléac, Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby, Didier Faustino, Catherine Geel, Ugo La Pietra, Mathieu Lehanneur, Luca Marchetti, Alessandro Mendini, Gianni Pettena, Stijn Ruys, Noam Toran.

Author: Jehanne Dautrey et Emanuele Quinz
ISBN: 978-2-917053-18-8


Multiple Exposures - Jewelry and Photography

"Multiple Exposures - Jewelry and Photography"

The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue are the first to examine the union of contemporary jewelry and the photographic image, demonstrating how each of these mediums is informed and enlarged by an engagement with the other. The works included, both historical pieces and recent creations by over eighty international art jewelers, suggest the richness of this encounter and the artistic strength embodied in this dynamic combination of object and image.

The exhibition and catalogue feature a number of Dutch designers, among which Gijs Bakker, Peter Deckers, Jantje Fleischhut, Herman Hermsen, Iris Nieuwenburg, Ruudt Peters, Loes van Riel, Truike Verdegaal and Mecky van den Brink.

Author: Ursula Ilse-Neuman
Publisher: Officina Libraria / The Museum of Arts and Design
ISBN: 9-788897-93792

More about the book and the exhibition: MAD

The Gijs + Emmy Spectacle

"The Gijs + Emmy Spectacle
Fashion and Jewelry Design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum, 1967-1972"

Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum are internationally recognized as pioneers in their field of modern jewellery design. They were the first to make minimal jewellery out of unorthodox materials, such as aluminium and Plexiglas. The pair set off a real revolution in jewellery design in the 1960s. In this book The Gijs + Emmy Spectacle. Fashion and Jewelry Design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum, 1967-1972, the focus is on the early, collective work of the artist duo (1967-1972). This work does not limit itself to jewellery, but also moves into the realms of fashion, design and art.

Author: Marjan Boot, Lex Reitsma
Publisher: nai010
ISBN: 978-94-6208-123-9

More about the book and the film, or to order it: nai010

Triple Parade

'Triple Parade', the publication accompanying the travelling exhibition presented by Ubi Gallery, Beijing.
Both the exhibition and publication are based on the work of six jewellery artists from the Netherlands. A dialogue between different generations educated at the same Art School in Amsterdam; a dialogue between remarkable, outstanding and emerging artists.

Artists: Gijs Bakker, Lucy Sarneel, Jie Sun, Dinie Besems, Manon van Kouswijk, Boris de Beijer.

For more information, visit the Ubi Gallery website.

Art Jewelry Forum's Best of Interviews

AJF Best of Interviews includes conversations with Madeleine Albright, Gijs Bakker, Jamie Bennett, Lola Brooks, Helen Drutt, Iris Eichenberg, Clo Fleiss, Warwick Freeman, Matthew Friday & Kerianne Quick, Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Yevgeniya Kaganovitch, Sally Marsland, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Helena and Lasse Pahlman, Sienna Patti, Bruce Pepich, Lindsay Pollock, Dorothea Prühl, 2Roses, and Tanel Veenre.

A book by Benjamin Lignel
Published by Art Jewelry Forum
ISBN 978-0-615-98047-8

More information about the book, or to order it: Art Jewelry Forum 

Gijs Bakker 370 - 377

"Gijs Bakker 370 - 377"
Catalogue of the solo exhibition of Gijs Bakker's new works presented by Caroline van Hoek at Design Miami/ Fair 2013.
Edited by Caroline van Hoek.

More about the exhibition: Click here.

The Handbook of Design For Sustainability

"I Am a User, Not a Consumer"
Chapter by Gijs Bakker and Louise Schouwenberg

A book edited by Stuart Walker and Jacques Giard
Managing editor: Helen L. Walker
Published by BLOOMSBURY
IBSN: 978-0-85785-852-8

More about the book, or to order it: Bloomsbury

POSTMODERNISM - Style and Subversion, 1970-1990

2011 the V&A published Postmodernism. The book was published to accompony the exhibition of the same name at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Gijs Bakker's "Pforzheim 1780" necklace from 1985 is featured in both the publication and the exhibition.

This major exhibition was the first in-depth survey of art, design and architecture of the 1970s and the 1980s, examining one of the most contentious phenomena in recent art and design history: postmodernism.

The book assesses the impact of postmodernism on all areas of art and design.

Edited by Glenn Adamson and Jane Pavitt
V&A Publishers, 2011
ISBN 978 1 85177 659 7

ON JEWELLERY - A COMPENDIUM of international contemporary art jewellery

On Jewellery
is an indispensable handbook of international contemporary art jewellery. The text discusses movements, philisophical trends and jewellry’s role as a cultural object, spanning from the late 1960s to today, within the context of concurrent trends in art and society. On Jewellery is a synopsis of what jewellery art is and can be.

A book by Liesbeth den Besten.
Published by ARNOLDSCHE
ISBN 978 3 89790 349 4
More about the book, or to order it Click here

Article Yii in Design Magazine China

Recently Beijing based "Design" magazine published an extensive article on Yii Design.
Download the article here (Chinese)


Catalogue accompanying the exhibition EMMY+GIJS+ALDO at the Zuiderzee Museum, Enkhuizen (NL), edited by Jan Boelen, design: Geoffrey Brusatto

ISBN 987 90 6450 744 1 EMMY+GIJS+ALDO
More about the book, or to order it: 010Publishers.

Chi ha paura...? Who's afraid...?

Catalogue of the CHP overview exhibition at Vicenzaoro, curated by Alba Capellieri, design: Giampaolo Rizzo

2011, Mondadori Electa S.p.A, Milan ISBN 9788837086992

Real? Catalogue

Real? Catalogue

Available at
Gallerie Ra
Deux Poisons

Designers on Jewellery Twelve years of jewellery production by Chi ha paura...?

‘Chi ha paura…?’, the Netherlands based jewellery production brand with the unpronounceable name and the question mark, is celebrating its twelve-year anniversary. The Italian name means Who is afraid of…?, followed implicitly by contemporary jewellery.

 A 152 page book designed by Joost Grootens Studio, Designers on Jewellery: Twelve years of jewellery production by Chi ha paura…? has been published by Arnoldsche Art Publishers on this occasion. The book features specially commissioned photography by Rien Bazen and an essay, ‘The quest for intelligent design jewellery,’ by Liesbeth den Besten.
ISBN 978-3-89790-297-8

A Designers Map

Download in PDF>>

“Gijs Bakker and Jewelry ”, monograph,

2004, monograph, author: Ida van Zijl, design: Anthon Beeke
Edited by: SM’s (Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch),
International distribution: ARNOLDSCHE Art Publishers, Stuttgart

ISBN 3-89790-223-0

Sense of Wonder, Chi ha Paura...?,

2002, Liesbeth den Besten,
Museum Het Kruithuis,

Simply Droog,

2004, Renny Ramakers,
ISBN 90-808574-1-6

Less + more, Droog Design in context,

2002, Renny Ramakers,
010 publishers,
ISBN 90-6450-457-1

Clay & Beyond, Cor Unum,

2002, Paola Antonelli,
Museum Het Kruithuis,
ISBN 90-6538-262-3

Jewels of mind and mentality,

2000, Dutch jewelry 1950-2000,
010 publishers,
ISBN 90-6450-399-0

Objects to use,

2000, Ida van Zijl,
010 publishers,
ISBN 90-6450-403-2

Droog & Dutch design,

2000, Centraal Museum,
ISBN 90-73285-69-0

Droog Design / Spirit of the nineties,

1998, Renny Ramakers and Gijs Bakker,
010 publishers,
ISBN 90-6450-301-X


1998, Yvonne Brentjens

Droog Design 91-96,

1997, Ida van Zijl,
Centraal Museum,
ISBN 90-73285-50X

Jewelry of our time,

1995, Helen Drutt and Peter Dormer,
Thames and Hudson,
ISBN 0-500-01674-7

Cor Unum Ceramics, Preview,

1993, Renny Ramakers,
ISBN 90-6538-102-3

Holes Project,

1993 Renny Ramakers,

Solo voor een solist,

1989, Gert Staal
SDU Uitgeverij,
ISBN 90-12-06247-0