The Rijksmuseum has announced the shortlist of ten entries selected for the 2017 Rijksstudio Award, inviting designers in all fields to reimagine works from the Rijksmuseum collection for new contemporary application.

Selected from over 2,500 entries from 62 countries, the shortlist includes Eden Condoms, a set of individually wrapped condoms with designs taken from the Rijksmuseum’s historical collection of drawings and prints of Adam and Eve, by Esther Pi and Timo Waag from Spain; Delft Blue Eyes (& Nails), described as ‘retinal art’, non-prescriptive cosmetic lenses printed with the famous Delft blue pattern, and matching nail art designs, by Francine LeClerq and Ali Soltani from the USA; and a beautifully crated Pop Up Bird Book by Chiara Bianchini from Italy.

Retina Art by Francine LeClerq and Ali Soltani.
Retina Art by Francine LeClerq and Ali Soltani.
Pop Up Birds Book by Chiara Bianchini
Pop Up Birds Book by Chiara Bianchini

The winner of the top prize with a value of EUR 10,000 will be announced at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on Friday 21 April, with second and third winners receiving cash prizes of 2,500 euros and 1,500 euros respectively. In addition to the choice made by the professional jury, voting opens today online to select a special prize winner entirely chosen by the public of EUR 1,000.

To vote, visit:

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

About the 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.


The shortlist for the 2017 Rijksstudio Award:
 (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


The Jury for the 2017 Rijksstudio Award:
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.