The history of the Sikkens Foundation starts with the foundation of the Sikkens Prize by the Sikkens management in 1959. Sikkens, a paint and varnish brand established in 1792, became a part of the AkzoNobel corporation in the 1960s. In 1972, all the Sikkens Prize activities and initiatives were joined together in the autonomous Sikkens Foundation.
Established in 1960, previous winners include Gerrit Rietveld (1960), Le Corbusier (1963), Donald Judd (1993) and Bridget Riley (2013). The most recent winner of the Sikkens Prize (2017) is Dutch designer Hella Jongerius.
The navigation for this website is based on colour to bring the different parts (winners archive Sikkens Prize / Mondrian Lectures and the Sikkens Foundation) together. See www.sikkensprize.org
4 nominations for the European Design Awards. This years award ceremony Wil be held at May 27 in Porto.
The European Design Awards, also known as the ED-Awards, are annual awards presented to European designers for outstanding work in the communication design field.
1. Sikkens Prize invitation
2. Siba Sahabi brochure
3. David Chipperfield the embedded nomad
4. Kettal outdoor furniture catalogue 2017.
Hella Jongerius is the winner of the Sikkens Prize 2017. Starting in 1960, The Sikkens Foundation has been awarding The Sikkens Prize to artists, designers, architects, as well as cultural institutions and companies producing important work with regard to the use of colors and color application. Past Sikkens Prize laureates include Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg, Bridget Riley, and Johannes Itten.
Hella Jongerius aims to create products with a singular character by infusing industrial production processes with elements of artisanal craftsmanship. For years she has been doing researching on color pigments and the relation between color, material, and light.
The invitation design for this year’s Sikkens Prize award ceremony is a color test sheet containing three pantone colors, printed single sided on 60 gram paper stock. The envelope is cut out from a second test sheet containing two pantone colors and every possible mixing color they can produce. As a result the invitation has become a visual representation of the design process while not working within the idiom of Jongerius’ own color research. This test print sheet also illustrates the limits of a certain industrial process, in this case offset printing. Stretching the technical limits of a production process will yield imperfect results. This imperfection is central to Hella Jongerius’ work.
Testsheet 1, printed in 2 pantone.
testsheet 2, printed in 3 pantone.
detail of testsheet 1, folded as invitation
We printed 800 extra copies of the invitation sheet and use it for the program book. Folded together with another sheet. Inside the folded pages the test print sheets appears, outside the program information printed in grey.
Just like last year I won a European design award. In the category ‘brochure’ I won bronze with the Sikkens Prize 2015 programme book.
Little booklet for Design Academy Eindhoven with graduation projects by department of Man & Leisure in collaboration with Máxima Medical Center.
The cover is made as a birth card.
Full colour print on yellow paper