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Rotterdam Design Prize 2009

On Sunday 29 November studio Joost Grootens won the Rotterdam Design Prize 2009. Designers collective Gorilla won the public prize. Until 10 January 2010 the museum showcased projects and the design motivation of the winner(s) and the other leading designers or clients of the past two years.

The Rotterdam Design Prize is a biennial national prize which concentrates on the shared qualities of Dutch design and intensifies the design debate. Since the previous competition the focus has shifted from the autonomous product to the vision of the designer.

Rotterdam Design Prize 2009 nominees:

  • Atelier NL en Maarten Kolk 
  • Customr 
  • Christien Meindertsma 
  • Damen Shipyards T&W Designteam
  • Gorilla 
  • Jair Straschnow & Gitte Nygaard 
  • Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum 
  • studio Joost Grootens 
  • Studio Makkink & Bey 
  • Studio Wieki Somers


The winner of the Rotterdam Design Prize 2009 was chosen by an international panel of judges during the exhibition and was awarded €15,000 to spend as they wish. The judges were Alice Rawsthorn (journalist with the International Herald Tribune and design critic, UK), Rick Poynor (writer and design critic, UK) and Patrizia Moroso (artistic director of Moroso, IT).


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. This publication was for sale at the museumshop (15 euro). You can also download the individual reports of the nomination committee (June 2009) and the international panel of judges (October 2009) from

The 2009 Rotterdam Design Prize is an initiative of the Designprijs Rotterdam Foundation and is generously supported by Rotterdam City Council Art and Culture Department, the Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht and the Stokroos Foundation. The public voting is supported by Narb, people filtered art. The exhibition was part of the official programme of Holland Art Cities 2009-2010.