Collaboration 2.0 Symposium

Gijs Bakker

Gijs Bakker was trained as a jewelry and industrial designer at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and the Konstfackskolan in Stockholm. He designs jewelry, home accessories, furniture, interiors, public spaces and curates exhibitions. During his career, Bakker taught parttime at various schools including the Design Academy Eindhoven where he worked from 1987 until 2012 (since 2000 as Head of the Masters Programme). In 1993, Bakker co-founded Droog Design, a new mentality in design. In 1996, he co-founded Chi ha paura…? (Italian, for Who’s afraid of…?): a brand for affordable design jewelry based on a conceptual approach. In 2018, Bakker co-founded MASieraad, a two year Masters course currently in effect as ‘Challenging Jewellery’ at Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam. In 2018, Bakker received the royal distinction of Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion.