Rijksmuseum announces the Top 10 Rijksstudio Award

March 23 2017 - 2:00 PM

The Rijksmuseum has today announced the Top 10 best entries for the 2017 Rijksstudio Award. In total, 2,600 people took part in the contest for the best design inspired by the Rijksmuseum collection and based on Rijksstudio.


Top 10

(in alphabetical order)

  • Pop Up Birds Book, Chiara Bianchini, Italy
  • Temple Guardian Dance Performance, Melodie Briere, England
  • Butter Dish, Rina Elman, Israel
  • Plantstudie Hats, Jessie Hall, England
  • Delft Blue Eyes + Nails, Francine LeClerq & Ali Soltani, USA
  • Masterpieces Never Sleep, Lesha Limonov, Belarus
  • Heron Lamp, Sergii Lysyi, Ukraine
  • Eden Condoms, Esther Pi & Timo Waag, Spain
  • Still Life Pixel + Metadata Dress, Andrea Wallace, Scotland
  • The Night Watch Nightshirt, Oliver Watson, The Netherlands

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Contact lenses and condoms

The submitted designs are all inspired by the Rijksmuseum collection and based on images from Rijksstudio. They range from a dance performance to contact lenses and condoms. What is really striking are the number of nominees from abroad this year; the shortlisted entries derive from nine different countries. On 21 April, the international jury of experts will announce the winner during a celebratory gathering in the Rijksmuseum.

Public Award

The public can also vote from today. The winner of the Public Award will be announced during the Rijksstudio Award presentation on 21 April. The Public Award winner is determined by the number of online votes cast and is separate from the top 3 judgement by the expert jury. The Public Award winner will receive a prize of € 1,000..


The winner of the Rijksstudio Award will win a prize of € 10,000 and will be announced on 21 April 2017 in the Rijksmuseum. The second and third prizes amount to € 2,500 and € 1,500.


Chairman: Taco Dibbits, Rijksmuseum General Director; Irma Boom, Irma Boom Office Director; Tony Chambers, Wallpaper Chief Editor; Thomas Widdershoven, Former Director Design Academy Eindhoven; Ute Thon, Chief Copy Editor ART- Das Kunstmagazin and Ingrid Chou; Associate Creative Director at MoMA.

Rijksstudio Award

The Rijksstudio Award was launched in 2014. Thanks to Rijksstudio, the Rijksmuseum has gained a prominent position worldwide in the field of digital visual culture and open design. Participants can make use of more than 300,000 digital images that the Rijksmuseum offers free and royalty-free in Rijksstudio through its website.

The Rijksmuseum website has won several national and international awards since the launch of Rijksstudio on 1 November 2012, including Dutch Design Award, Dutch Interactive Awards, Best Brand website and Golden European Design Award.


Rijksstudio and the Rijkstudio Award are made possible by the Rijksstudio Fonds/Rijksmuseum Fonds and the BankGiro Lottery.