Winter 2009
December 2009

Winner Rotterdam Design Prize 2009

studio Joost Grootens won the prize of €15,000 for his vision on design.

Joost Grootens received the prize from Alice Rawsthorn, photo Fred Ernst
Joost Grootens received the prize from Alice Rawsthorn, photo Fred Ernst

On Sunday 29 November in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Pavilion, Alice Rawsthorn, member of the international panel of judges, announced the winner of the Rotterdam Design Prize 2009. Studio Joost Grootens won the Rotterdam Design Prize with a set of Atlases.

The judges unanimously described Grootens’s work as of the moment and world class. They liked his attitude. ‘Grootens attaches great importance to the clarity of the information. His design is clearly intended to serve the reader. For Grootens, designing is not a self-seeking activity, nor does it mean promulgating a particular vision. The result is at once brilliant and functional.’

Gorilla won the public prize
The public prize 2009 was awarded to Gorilla. After a close-run race the public vote finally went to this nominee: Gorilla collected 1953 votes. The design collective Gorilla won the public prize 2009 with the visual column for de Volkskrant.

A summary of the selection and motivation of the nomination committee and the international panel of judges has been published in the Rotterdam Design Prize 2009 review. More information:

studio Joost Grootens is on view on ArtTube:

The prize-winning entries and those of all the other nominees are on show in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen until 10 January 2010.